Though not everyone loves their job, most of us are at least fortunate enough to work for employers who follow all the laws regarding employment here in the United States. Unfortunately, there are times where business owners do not follow these laws, and generally for personal gain, and often at the expense of their employees. That being said, if you are someone who notices this sort of conduct and you decide to report it, you are known as a whistleblower. Fortunately, whistleblowers do have rights under state and federal law, and if your employer retaliates against you for simply telling the truth, there is a very good chance your employer violated those rights. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Georgia employee rights attorney to learn more about whistleblowers’ rights and how our firm can help if you believe those rights have been violated. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What defines a whistleblower?
As previously mentioned, a whistleblower is an individual who reports unethical or illegal actions on the part of their employer. These actions can come in the form of illegitimate financial dealings, unsafe working conditions (perhaps those that violate the standards set out by OSHA), injuries left unreported, and more. Unfortunately, many whistleblowers are then retaliated against by their employer after reporting wrongdoing. Some of the most common forms of employer retaliation are as follows:
- Refusing overtime pay
- Reducing pay
- Demoting employees
- Taking unfair disciplinary action
- Wrongful termination
What laws protect whistleblowers?
Whistleblowers are protected under state laws, such as the Georgia Whistleblower Act. Essentially, this law protects whistleblowers from retaliation when reporting discrimination or fraud against state or local government employers. If you were retaliated against after reporting one of the aforementioned scenarios, there is a very good chance you may have a case against your employer.
Can OSHA protect whistleblowers from retaliation?
Yes. If you are a whistleblower who reported unsafe working conditions, you are afforded protection from retaliation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. This is so employees feel they have the freedom to report injustices or poor conditions in the workplace without facing any repercussions. If you believe your rights as a whistleblower have been violated, speak with our experienced Atlanta employment law attorney today.
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If you need help with an employment law matter in the state of Georgia, you can count on Ben Barrett Law to effectively represent your interests. With over 30 years of experience, Attorney Barrett has the skill and experience necessary to help you navigate the complexities of any employment law matter you may be facing. To discuss your case with a legal team you can trust, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Barrett Law today.