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Understanding whistleblower rights

When an employee witnesses harassment, discrimination or another illegal action at work, he or she should feel comfortable reporting the behavior.

When an employee “blows the whistle” on the employer or company, the employee is protected by law. Unfortunately, some employers will take action against the employee in the form of demotion, assigning undesirable job duties or even job termination.

What can whistleblowers do when experiencing retaliation for reporting the illegal or discriminatory actions of their employer?

  • First, it is important to remember that federal employees (and other employees) are protected by laws, including the Whistleblower Protection Act. It can be frightening to consider speaking out, especially when faced with the possibility of demotion or job loss. But it is important to remember that the law is on the whistleblower’s side.
  • Second, if the employer has taken adverse action against the employee, the employer can be held accountable. Working with an attorney is advisable if the employer has retaliated against the employee. The whistleblower may be eligible for compensation.

Federal employees who witness the illegal misconduct by their employees – whether sexual harassment, discrimination, embezzlement, wage and hour law violations, etc. – should feel empowered to come forward. It may be difficult, but taking action could have a large impact on the workplace and beyond.

Free consultation: The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., offers a free consultation to federal employees nationwide who are facing whistleblower retaliation. Call 888-351-0424.

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