Whistleblowing is a term that denotes calling out wrongful acts when you see them. A person who is labeled as a whistleblower is someone who reports a violation all the law by his or her employer. This violation often addresses sexual harassment claims, but also many other wrongdoings such as: illegal activities, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, pollution of the environment, abuse of authority, explicit danger to public health, as well as explicit danger to public safety.
Many people who blow the whistle believing they are doing the right thing. Whistleblowers should be congratulated on their courage and their proper a sense of justice, but often this is not so. Instead of being congratulated, whistleblowers are often made redundant and sacked. Even though in theory they are protected by the law, when it comes to practice this is often not so, and many whistleblowers find themselves in a very awkward situation that no one would like to be in.
Whistleblowers are protected by numerous state and Federal protection laws which are designed to provide by public and private employees with protection for a reporting violations of the law. Even though it is illegal to fire employees in retaliation and only because they have reported wrongful doings, it still happens in some states. In most states it is unlawful to fire someone for reporting violations in the company, however the laws vary and the protection is not always awarded to people who have pointed out to the wrongdoings in the company.
If you find yourself in this delicate situation where you have been fired the cause you have pointed out to a wrongdoing in your company, you can take different procedures and measures in order to protect yourself. For instance, you can file a complaint with OSHA seeking justice. Also, you can file a lawsuit against your employer.
Furthermore, you should find a lawyer specialized in employment, who will give you the best advice. Especially a lawyers who specialized in whistleblower cases, would be able to help you out in a proper way. Also, you should remember that with a good employment lawyer in this possible to recover lost wages, back pays and even cover litigation costs. Moreover, a good employment lawyer will inform you on administrative procedures that can help protect your interests. These procedures will be prosecuted not by yourself, but by the government; therefore, you won’t have to pay for it and you will benefit from the government’s nearly limitless resources in pursuing your claims.
The most important thing when it comes to whistleblower cases is to be informed, to find a good lawyer and to stand firm on your ground. Believe in justice and report wrongdoings, it is the right thing to do.
Disclaimer: This article provides general information and it is not a substitution for a legal advice. It is highly advisable that you seek for a legal advice if you believe you have the need for it.