Righting wrongs can mean tricky business…Whistleblowers, or employees who report legal violations by their employers, are protected by laws on both the federal and state levels to keep them from retaliation or harassment. These laws can also protect from unfair terminations or being pressured to resign through unlawful tactics, known as constructive discharge.
Federal Protection: The United States protects employees who report a wide variety of violations by their employers, including improper use of authority, gross neglect, and abuse of duty or gross waste of federal funds. Employees who report violations of laws, rules, and regulations, that are dangerous to the health, safety, and welfare of the public can also find protection under this law.Congress also has passed federal laws to protect whistleblowers, including the Affordable Care Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”). OSHA specifically handles complaints under 17 different federal laws. These laws include provisions under workplace health and safety, federal rail safety, pipeline safety and consumer product safety. The Supreme Court has also upheld that federal protection may not supersede state statutes and consumer law protections.
Legal Requirements: Employees are protected from objecting to or refusing to participate in illegal activity, giving written notice to employer of intent to disclose illegal activity and also cooperating with authorities investigating illegal activity.
The law includes many exceptions, and whistleblowers need a knowledgeable lawyer to explain how these issues affect the individual situation. The effects can be long term. Employees who report employer wrongdoings could also risk damage to their own reputations and impact possible future employment.
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