When an individual reports illegal or unethical activity to protect themselves and their fellow employers, they are known as whistleblowers. However, an employer may retaliate against an employee in a variety of ways.
This is why whistleblowers are protected under Georgia employment laws. To learn more about Georgia’s whistleblower laws, continue reading. If you believe that your employer has retaliated against you, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Georgia employment law attorney. Our legal team at Bar Barret Law is prepared to advocate for you and your rights as an employee in Georgia. To learn more about our services and how we can assist you after being retaliated against as a whistleblower, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to schedule our initial consultation with our team.
What is a whistleblower?
A whistleblower is a term used to define employees who report unethical or illegal actions on the part of their employer. Some actions that may be reported include the following:
- Illegitimate financial dealings
- Unsafe working conditions
- Injuries left unreported
It is not uncommon for whistleblowers to, unfortunately, be retaliated against by their employer after reporting wrongdoing. The most common forms of retaliation include the following:
- Wrongful termination
- Demoting employees
- Reducing pay
- Refusing overtime pay
- Taking unfair disciplinary action
Am I protected under Georgia law as a whistleblower?
Whistleblowers are protected under Georgia law. The Georgia Whistleblower Act protects whistleblowers from retaliation when reporting discrimination or fraud against local or state government employers. If a whistleblower reported unsafe working conditions, they are afforded protection from retaliation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). These laws are put into place to allow employers to have the freedom to report injustices or poor conditions in the workplace without fear of facing repercussions.
You may be entitled to recover compensation if you believe that you have been retaliated against by your employers. To learn more about filing a claim and recovering compensation, reach out to our experienced employment law attorney. Contact our firm today if you reported unethical or illegal activities on the part of your employer and you were retaliated against as ar result. Our legal team prides itself on our ability to advocate for you.
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