Charleston Whistleblower Lawyer
Protecting Employees from Employer Retaliation
When you see misconduct or illegal activity at your workplace, don’t be afraid to speak up! Taking legal action against an employer can be intimidating, but you are protected by law to file a complaint whether you win the case or not.
A whistleblower is someone who brings harassment or illegal activity at a workplace out into the open so that the people responsible can be held accountable. Many people witness harmful activities but are afraid to report them out of fear of how their employer will react. This is what those responsible are counting on. A workplace is like its own small society where you are subject to a different set of rules and power structure. It can feel like the outside rules don’t apply here – but they do. The law provides protections for whistleblowers so that employers will be held accountable if they attempt retaliation.
Unethical Employment Issues
Most of us hope that coming to work won’t mean courting controversy or becoming involved with illegal activity. During the course of normal business, however, employees might be asked to engage in or keep quiet about certain incidents or business practices that are unethical or even unlawful.
Employers, supervisors, or other coworkers may even try to maintain secrecy by demanding, threatening, bartering, bribing, or pleading for your discretion and silence.
Illegal or unethical employment law issues you can face at work can range in severity and include the following:
- Your manager tells you not to account for your subordinates’ overtime pay.
- A coworker asks you to “forget” you saw an email that had racist comments about another coworker.
- Your supervisor asks you not to report a workplace injury or their request that you not report it.
- A coworker asks you to rate the attractiveness of other coworkers.
- Your boss tells you that you “didn’t see” an illegal activity you just witnessed.
Unfortunately, these examples can happen at any company and they’re only just a handful of many ways you can be confronted with illegal activity at work. When someone has involved you in illegal activity by asking you to participate or keep your knowledge of them secret, what should you do?
Speak with an Attorney
When something illegal is going on at work, it can’t hurt to speak with an employment law attorney. Why? Because even a free consultation can help you understand that your rights were violated and that someone can help you hold responsible parties accountable. You may even recover damages as fair and just compensation in a settlement or jury verdict.
At Hoosier Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys represent workers and employees in all industries with employment law claims. Unlike some law firms, we don’t serve both sides – we only work with clients who experience mistreatment at work, such as being asked to become involved in illegal activity or keep it a secret. We also help these clients when they experienced wrongful termination or other forms of retaliation for whistleblowing such activity.
Schedule a free consultation with our experienced whistleblower attorney in Charleston today. Call Hoosier Law Firm, PLLC at (800) 455-8721.
What Is Retaliation & How Can I Stop It from Happening?
When a qui tam (whistleblower) claim is filed, you are instantly protected from retaliation from your employer so long as the claim was filed in good faith. Even if your coworker or employer isn’t found guilty of misconduct, you were still within your rights to file the claim and are protected.
There are many ways an employer can attempt retaliation, such as:
- Denying the whistleblower deserved promotions or raises
- Docking the whistleblower’s wages
- Changing the whistleblower’s hours
- Excluding the whistleblower from staff meetings
- Terminating the whistleblower or their friends
- Transferring a whistleblower to a different department for seemingly no reason
If you believe that your employer is retaliating against you, you will need to prove that they would not have taken these actions in normal circumstances. Save any positive performance reviews you have received in the past, take notice of how your employer treats your coworkers, and save all emails or instant messages between you and your employer.
We Can Fight for You
Taking action against an employer is not easy, but you did the right thing by speaking up. Now, let the experienced whistleblower attorney of Hoosier Law Firm, PLLC in Charleston fight for your rights. We want to help you create a work environment that is comfortable and harassment-free. If that is not possible, we can help you get compensation for the time you have to take off while looking for another job.
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