We’ve grown up being told it is always important to “do the right thing” and speak up when we know something is wrong. However, many workers suffer retaliation when they speak up about improper or illegal acts done by co-workers, supervisors, or even corporate officers. The retaliation may include termination, being passed over for jobs, or other acts that make life more difficult for the worker.
Many state and federal laws protect workers from this kind of retaliation. A few examples include:
- Construction foreman complaining to OSHA about a safety violation
- Nurses reporting a hospital’s HIPAA violations to HHS
- Hourly workers complaining about being forced to work off the clock
- Pilots refusing to fly unsafe aircraft
- Financial analysts speaking to their boss about FINRA violations
Whistleblower Cases can be Difficult to Navigate
The list above are only a few examples, yet each situation presents unique challenges and opportunities. It can be very difficult to decipher how state and federal laws best protect workers and what the worker must do to take advantage of these protections.
Carter Law Firm has the experience, knowledge, and skill to help whistleblowers.
If you have spoken up about an improper or illegal act done at work and feel retaliation as a result, it’s important to consult with a lawyer.