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Whistleblower retaliation: What whistleblowers need to know

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Federal employees have a right to expose (or "blow the whistle" on) their employers if they are aware harassment, discrimination or other illegal actions by the company or employer.

Employees should not hesitate to come forward with this type of information. Federal employees are protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act. 

Even so, it is not uncommon for employees to experience retaliation by their employers after blowing the whistle. Some examples of retaliation include:

  • Firing an employee
  • Demoting an employee
  • Reassigning an employee to an undesirable position
  • Otherwise retaliating against an employee

With the recent change in administration, there have been many federal employees coming forward reporting the misconduct of their employers.

Choosing to come forward with information is not an easy thing to do. An employee may feel vulnerable and exposed. The employee may feel as though his or her job is in jeopardy. But even if it is difficult - even if there is a fear of retaliation - speaking out is an important thing to do.

"Blowing the whistle" entitles an employee to many legal protections. An employer cannot fire, demote or otherwise retaliate against an employee for speaking out. Also, whistleblowers may be entitled to compensation.

Remember: Although it is advisable to act promptly, there is no wrong time to secure legal counsel in these cases.

Free consultation: To speak to a whistleblower protection attorney for federal employees, please call The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., at 888-351-0424.

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