Whistleblower Retaliation Claims in Florida
When an employer is doing something illegal or unethical, it is not uncommon for employees to want to speak out and expose the employer’s actions either to the media or the authorities. Unfortunately, the first impulse of most employers is to fire the employee who blew the whistle. However, both federal and state laws work to protect whistleblowers from adverse employment consequences.
Before blowing the whistle (or if you blew the whistle and have been fired), you should contact an employment law attorney to discuss your options. Given that most whistleblower protections cover specific circumstances, it may be wise to consult with an attorney about the whistleblower action in question.
A Brief History of Whistleblower Laws
As discussed above, the first thing an employer will normally do when an employee discloses an employer’s improper activities is fire that employee. Historically, many people tended to value their jobs more than exposing an employer’s wrongdoing. As a result, the threat of termination caused a chilling effect that kept many employees quiet.
Employment Discrimination Retaliation Provisions
Various employment discrimination laws also have retaliation protection provisions that protect employees who blow the whistle on their employer’s’ workplace discrimination. Title VII, the ADEA, and the ADA all contain anti-retaliation provisions that protect employees from reporting discrimination of various types including race, sex, gender, age, and disability discrimination. Importantly, the anti-retaliation provisions of most employment discrimination laws protect both employees who file discrimination claims and any witnesses who assist in the filing of a claim.
Florida Whistleblower Lawyer Here to Help
If you have knowledge of illegal activity occurring within your place of employment, you should come forward and retain representation with The Law Office of Patrick K. Elliott, LLC. the law firm has a track record of advocating for whistleblowers and protecting their right. For immediate assistance, do not hesitate to contact the law firm today.