September 6, 2019
A whistleblower is anyone who reports the illegal or fraudulent activity of their employer. And under the law, an employee who reports on violations of laws, mismanagement, the irresponsible handling of funds, or any general threat to health and safety, is protected from retaliation. Retaliation can take the form of any negative action taken against the employee as a result of their negative disclosure. This applies to health and safety concerns.
If you or a loved one report on unsafe conditions at work, it is illegal for your employer to treat you any differently based on your report. Unfortunately, legal violations do not always stop people from behaving badly, and retaliation is a very real possibility following any report of unsafe conditions. If you face retaliation, or if safety conditions do not improve, reach out to us for legal assistance. We are ready to fight on your behalf, and we are experienced in taking on large employers with resources and deep pockets. We will not let them get away with violating your rights.
If you believe you are being retaliated against following a report on unsafe conditions, take the following steps quickly:
- Document everything. Document the unsafe condition, the date and contents of your report, and the form the retaliation has taken.
- Be able to describe how your standing at work worsened following your report.
- Call us for help – we are here to help you sort out this difficult and complicated process. Do not face your employer alone.