Unfortunately, some employers engage in unethical or even illegal activity. If you see this behavior and report it, you will be considered a whistleblower. Even though you did the right thing, your employer may try to retaliate against you. Luckily, the state of Georgia protects whistleblowers. If you have reported your employer for unethical or illegal activity and you believe you are being retaliated against as a result, it is important to contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible. Read on to learn more about whistleblower rights in Gerogia.
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.
Common unethical or illegal behaviors:
Some actions that are commonly reported include the following:
- Illegitimate financial dealings
- Unsafe working conditions
- Injuries left unreported
What are common examples of retaliation?
Some of the most common examples of workplace retaliation include:
- Wrongful termination
- Demoting employees
- Reducing pay
- Refusing overtime pay
- Taking unfair disciplinary action
How does Georgia protect whistleblowers?
The workplace should be a safe place. Workplace retaliation can be emotionally and financially difficult. Luckily, whistleblowers are protected under Georgia law. The two main laws that protect whistleblowers include the Georgia Whistleblower Act and the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA).
The Georgia Whistleblower Act
This law typically only protects employees reporting discrimination in the workplace against individuals with disabilities or based on gender and fraudulent business transactions.
The Occupational Safety & Health Act
The Occupational Safety & Health Act protects the rights of whistleblowers, so they can continue to maintain the integrity of the business and safe work environments. The act also sets and enforces workplace standards by providing training, outreach, and education on the policies.
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