If you have information that your employer is violating laws or regulations or if your employer is causing danger to public health and safety, you may feel obligated to report this information. If you do so, you may be considered a “whistleblower.” Many state and federal laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers. Whistle-BlowerInfo.com was created to help you understand what constitutes whistleblowing, which employer actions are considered retaliation, and how anti-retaliation laws can protect you when you do the right thing and report wrongdoing.
Most laws that protect workers, such as anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour protections, and health and safety laws, also make it illegal for an employer to retaliate against or “get back at” employees who do something protected by law. Many laws protecting the public at large, such as environmental laws, taxpayer-funded programs, and government regulations of certain industries, such as nuclear power, trucking, and airlines, protect employees who disclose information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of illegality, gross waste or fraud, gross mismanagement, abuse of power, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.
Many violations of the law, and many dangers to public health and safety, go unreported because people who know about them are afraid of retaliation. Whistleblower protection laws ensure that workers are not transferred, denied a raise, have their hours reduced, or are not fired or punished in any way because they exercised their legal rights. Whenever the law provides a remedy for victims of retaliation, it encourages employees to come forward with evidence that will make our world safer, healthier, and more just.