13 May You can be protected by whistleblower protection laws
If you blow the whistle on fraud or other issues in the workplace, are you protected? When you report a violation by your employer, you are protected by law. Your employer is not legally able to retaliate, and if he does, you’re in a position to file a lawsuit.
Under several acts including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Compensation and Liability Act, and others, employees who file complaints about safety hazards or health conditions at work are protected. The employee should honestly believe that the condition is a hazard when the complaint is made, and to be protected, the employee needs to file a complaint with the appropriate federal agency. If the employer is found to be in compliance, the employee is still protected.
What do you do if you feel you’ve been retaliated against for reporting problems at your workplace? The first step is to file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You only have 30 days to report the retaliatory action, so make sure you take notes on what happened and report it as soon as you can. You may also want to reach out to your attorney, so you can start building a case against your employer.
Our website has more information on how to get the right help for a situation involving fraud or other crimes at work, so you can be protected under whistleblower protection laws. As long as you follow the law, your employer should not be able to retaliate against you or harass you for pointing out problems in your workplace.