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Whistleblower Protections

Part 3 in a 3-Part Wrongful Termination Blog Series

In our third and final blog post in this series on wrongful termination, the Orange County employment law attorneys at Diefer Law Group, P.C. chose to discuss the topic of whistleblowers and protections entitled to them by law. There are a variety of laws that protect whistleblowers, some that differ by occupation and others that differ by whistleblower action. Our firm exists to protect whistleblowers from being wrongfully terminated on the basis of retaliation.

What is a whistleblower exactly?

A whistle blower is "a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity."

Whistleblowers are typically employees who notice, suspect or directly witness illegal or negligent activity going on at their workplace and say something about it. This can cause an employer to feel threatened, which often in turn leads to retaliatory termination.

Who do whistleblowers report to?

When an employee notices some wrongdoing at the workplace, they have the right to tell somebody about it. In some cases, the employee goes directly to their employer to discuss their concerns. In other cases, in an attempt to expose the employer, the whistleblower will report the situation to the media, a manager, a superior organization, or in some cases, even Congress.

You don't have to stay silent!

If you notice any wrongdoing at the workplace, you have the right to make that wrongdoing known so that it can be eradicated and/or reformed. Employees should not have to fear wrongful termination or mistreatment for being a whistleblower. Various federal and state laws offer whistleblower protections to prevent just that. For a complete list of whistleblower protections, you can visit the U.S. Department of Labor's website.

In most instances, employers who have been wrongfully terminated for whistleblowing must file discrimination claims with OSHA or another applicable agency within 30 days the alleged wrongful termination took place. Whistleblower claims can be complex. You may not know exactly what happened "behind the curtain" but you do know that something is wrong. Leave the rest to us.

Our Orange County employment lawyers can begin investigating your case immediately to determine if you have a whistleblower claim. If you do, we can file your complaint with the appropriate agency or agencies and build a strong case so that you can receive the justice you are entitled to. Diefer Law Group, P.C. protects whistleblowers. To discuss your case with us in a free, confidential evaluation, call today!