Whistleblowers help make everyone’s workplace a safer place to be. That is why the law extends protections for whistleblowers. If your employer fired you for raising the alarm about an issue of public concern, you may be able to pursue action against your employer. At White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we protect the rights of whistleblowers in New York.
Whistleblowing includes speaking out against issues such as:
- Breaches of confidentiality
- Mistreatment of patients in hospital settings
- Food safety issues
- OSHA violations
- Anything that could impact public safety or public health
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Sometimes these “Jekyll and Hyde” switches occur because a superior learned something about a subordinate that then caused him or her to have a negative bias, like the employee was of a certain religion or sexual orientation. Sometimes the reason is more obvious, like a bias against people of a certain race, being male or female, a woman becoming pregnant or people with disabilities.
Other Employment Law Issues
Queens, New York Lawyers for Whistleblower ProtectionEmployees have the right to raise complaints, report misconduct, or otherwise exercise their right in the workplace to complain about discriminatory treatment without the fear of facing punishment from their supervisor or employer. Employers are forbidden from retaliation. As defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity.
In other words, employers cannot take an adverse employment action against an employee—a bad performance review, workplace harassment, demotion, loss of pay, loss of benefits, loss of opportunities, termination, etc.―simply because that person engaged in a protected activity. If you filed a complaint of discrimination or harassment or reported misconduct and your employer punished you for you doing so, your rights have been violated. You should consult with a New York employment retaliation lawyer right away.
Compensation for Whistleblowers In New York City
After you speak out, the government will likely step in and order your employer to pay damages. In some cases, you may be entitled to receive a portion of the money that the government collects. Our attorneys can review your case to determine whether laws such as the False Claims Act or Dodd-Frank Act apply.