Whistleblower retaliation occurs when your employer fires, demotes or punishes you because you opposed, exposed, or threatened to expose the company’s unlawful or illegal activities. If report anything you believe to illegal conduct by your employer to a government or law enforcement agency, you are protected against retaliation for making that report. Your employer cannot take any adverse employment action (e.g. terminate, demote, reprimand, transfer to unfavorable position) against you because you reported its misconduct. Examples of an employer’s misconduct include, but are not limited to, tax evasions, workplace discrimination, violations of industry regulations, failure to provide meal and/or rest breaks, hiring illegal aliens, health and safety violations and failure to pay overtime wages. Even if it turns out that your employer did not engage in an illegal activity, you are still protected against retaliation for whistle blowing if you believed with reasonable certainty that it was breaking the law.
The laws regarding whistleblower retaliation are complex and it can be difficult to determine if you in fact have a claim against your employer. Every case is different and whether you have whistleblower retaliation claims depend on your individual circumstances. At Kletter Law Firm, we are experienced lawyers who can assist you in evaluating your situation.
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