“Whistle Blowing” is when an employee tells on an employer whom they reasonably believe is breaking the law. Employees who “blow the whistle” on their employers are protected by law. If that employee is later fired or thereafter retaliated against for whistleblowing, he or she may have a valid whistle blower claim. Typically, to be entitled to whistle blower protection, an employee must report an employer’s alleged illegal act to the proper authority, such as a government or law-enforcement agency. If the employee merely complains to someone inside the company, that is not whistle blowing, and the employee generally is not protected by the whistle blower laws.
If the employee has reported the allegedly illegal activity to a government or law enforcement agency, he or she is protected. The employer cannot retaliate against the employee. The employer cannot fire the employee for the whistle blowing. The employer cannot mistreat the employee for whistle blowing.
If you believe you have lost your job, been demoted, or otherwise suffered in the workplace due to retaliation from whistleblowing, contact the Stanley C. Franklin law firm where we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights.