What if you saw your employer discriminating against one of your co-workers? What would you do if your boss refused to pay you overtime after working a 50-hour week as an hourly employee?
You should do what you would do if you saw anyone engaging in misconduct — you contact the authorities. Employers often engage in activities that are against the law because of one thing — money. You have the right to a clean, safe, and ethical workplace. When your employer violates this basic right, you should not be afraid to take legal action.
But the truth is that many people are afraid to take action. That is because they are afraid of what their employer will do to them. They may harass them. They may demote them or give them a pay cut. They may even terminate the employee.
A whistleblower is an employee who exposes information about an activity that a business or organization is engaging in that is deemed illegal, immoral, or unsafe. A person may also expose information about fraud or abuse of taxpayer funds. When you engage in these activities, you have whistleblower protection. This means that your employer cannot legally punish you.
If you are punished by your employer, this is called whistleblower retaliation. Read on to learn more and how a La Grange whistleblower retaliation lawyer can help you.
Your employer should engage in ethical activities. When they engage in misconduct, it should be reported. Common types of misconduct include:
If you notice your boss engaging in these or other illegal activities, be sure to jot down all the details. Include as much information as possible, including the date and time the incident happened. That way, you have a clear record of what happened in case your boss tries to deny it.
The next step is to report the behavior to the appropriate authorities. If you are punished for your action, your next step is to seek legal help.
Your boss may take adverse action against you for reporting them to authorities. Adverse action may include any of the following:
Employers are not above the law. If you catch them doing something illegal, speak up.
The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline can help you with your whistleblower retaliation case. We have been keeping La Grange, Chicago, and the surrounding areas safe and ethical for decades. Call (312) 558-1454 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.