An employee whistleblower is a person who reveals the misconduct of an employer, whether that is the government, a corporation, or other body of individuals. Often the possibility exists for the employer to retaliate against this employee for seeking to “blow the whistle”, causing whistleblower cases to arise. Examples of whistleblower retaliation that can occur against an employee whistleblower are: termination, deduction in pay, and transfer to a less desirable position. As a result of increasing whistleblower legislation, employee whistleblowers are entitled to more legal protection under various whistleblower laws.

Employee Whistleblower Laws

In the United States, regulatory agencies, state legislatures, and Congress have recommended that public and private employers implement their own internal programs to ensure that employee whistleblowers have a means of reporting illegalities, fraud, waste, abuse and other forms of wrongdoing in a confidential manner and without fear of retaliation.

In recent years, employee whistleblowers have been remarkably useful in uncovering fraud and abuse in corporations such as Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, and Arthur Anderson. These whistleblower cases led to the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002 which provided increased protection to corporate employee whistleblowers. Forms of retaliation which are now prohibited are:

  • termination
  • demotion
  • harassment
  • failure to promote and
  • discrimination.

Contact an Employee Whistleblower Lawyer Today

If you are an employee whistleblower and wish to uncover the wrongdoing of a public or private employer or feel you have been the victim of employee whistleblower retaliation, contact us to speak with an experienced whistleblower attorney.

Published November 17, 2011 by