Whistleblowers are important to the health of our democracy and the safety of our financial markets. Whistleblowers protect the constitution, hold Wall Street accountable, and protect tax payers from fraudulent billing practices.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) under the U.S. Department of Labor spearheads the nations Whistleblower Protection Program. Our experienced Sacramento employment lawyers understand the pressure whistleblowers endure, and will work to protect your rights.
The Whistleblower Protection Program aims to ensure that whistleblowers do not experience adverse employment-related actions when they report wrongdoing in accordance with a whistleblower statute.
Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee who has become a whistleblower. Employers may not:
Employees who experience employer retaliation after becoming a whistleblower are entitled to file a retaliation claim with the OSHA. A successful retaliation claim may lead to either a settlement or if the employer refuses to cooperate, an order.
In either case, the employer may be required to:
The potential remedies in a whistleblower retaliation case will depend on the adverse actions taken by the employer. When employers contest OSHA orders, whistleblowers have recourse to the federal district courts. In some cases, the suit may be brought directly by the Secretary of Labor.
Depending on the statute that applies in a whistleblowing case, employees have anywhere from 30 days (Clean Air Act) to 180 days (Pipeline Safety Improvement Act) to file a retaliation complaint with the OSHA.
As such, time is of the essence. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you can protect your job, your wages and your benefits.
The whistleblowing attorneys at Arnold Law Firm have successfully defended the rights of whistleblowers for decades. If your employer has retaliated against you after you expressed whistleblowing concerns, you must act quickly.