Whistleblowers are individuals who have stepped up to report illegal activity by their employer, for example environmental violations or illegal workplace safety practices. Not surprisingly, such reporting can be met with resistance by some employers, or worse, retaliation. Laws have developed to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and to encourage future whistleblowers to speak out when they notice illegal activity. This section contains information and resources on whistleblower laws, what to do if you've been retaliated against for whistleblowing, and more. Educating yourself is an important step if you are considering “blowing the whistle” on your employers. Please click on a link below to get started.
- Whistleblower Protections
This overview of whistleblower protections includes a brief definition of whistle blowing, which individuals qualify as whistleblowers, and the federal and state law protections afforded to them.
- What to Do If You’ve Been Fired for Whistleblowing
If you were fired for calling attention to illegal or otherwise embarrasing information at work, you have to file some important paperwork to make sure you are protected as a whistleblower.
- Whistleblower Protections in Qui Tam Actions
Qui Tam actions are brought by employees of companies who have defrauded the government. Here is a rundown on the law of these lawsuits, as well as the special protections afforded to these whistleblowers.
- OSHA Whistleblower Protection
OSHA governs workplace safety issues, and employees can blow the whistle on workplace safety issues. Read about the federal laws that exist to encourage workplace safety and prevent retaliation against safety whistleblowers.