Deciding to blow the whistle on the illegal behavior of your employer is no easy task. Lawmakers were well-aware of the risks that employees faced when speaking up, which is why they put whistleblower laws in place to protect them. When you notify the government about fraud, you gain several important protections which we will discuss below.
Whistleblower Protection—What is It?
The laws that provide protection to whistleblowers are crystal clear in the message they deliver – employers are not allowed to take any type of “adverse action” against their employees who decide to report fraud or dangerous activity to the government.
In spite of these laws, many employees do worry about what will happen to them if they say something, which is understandable. Even with the laws in place, it is possible to suffer repercussions from employers.
These whistleblower protection laws are powerful and effective, but only if certain conditions are met. Working with an attorney who understands these laws is vital to ensure that you minimize the risk of retaliation.
By doing everything right, you can protect yourself even if your company does decide to retaliate. As long as you act as directed by your attorney, you should be able to speak up about wrongdoing and avoid the worst types of repercussions.
Protection Works When You Are Prepared
The key with whistleblowing is to plan carefully and be prepared for what may come. Reporting fraud or dangerous activity is almost always going to lead to upset employers. You may have no way of avoiding their frustration or negative emotions. However, by planning your whistleblowing process with your lawyer, you can ensure that you take all the right steps to protect yourself.
When you see something going on that you know is wrong and you want to speak out, just be sure to discuss your situation with an attorney first.