Seattle Whistleblower Lawyer for Retaliation and Termination
You have witnessed fraudulent, even illegal activity within your company, whether from coworkers or those in the upper echelons. You reported it to the appropriate administrators, yet nothing has been done.
Note: There are whistleblower reward programs that do not depend on reporting it within the company. Give us a call if there is significant fraudulent activity.
Even worse, when you went to the company with the problem, you feel as if you have faced retaliation for reporting the wrongdoing, and this strikes you as a lopsided response, since you should, on the contrary, be commended for looking out for the integrity of your company. You fear taking any further action since it could result in the loss of your job (or you may have already been fired). What should you do? What can you do?
Contact Our Firm Before Taking Further Action – Call Us Today at (206) 324-8969
If you have are considering taking steps to expose illegal activities occurring at your workplace, please consider calling us before taking any action. We can help protect you from any potential backlash, such retaliation or termination, and can even suggest whistleblower reward programs. If you have already taken action and have suffered (or believe that you are being subject to) backlash, such as being “blackballed” in your company, we can help as well.
Whistleblower lawsuits are usually highly serious and sensitive matters which can have significant career ramifications for those involved. We can help protect you and your interests through developing a comprehensive plan designed to protect you to the extent possible against termination or retaliation. While a company can always terminate or retaliate against an employee, the company should know that if they choose this course of action, you will have experienced employment lawyers ready to take whatever action may be necessary or desirable to protect your interests.
What is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is an employee who “blows the whistle” or informs on illegal workplace activity. Often, a whistleblower will initially notify their supervisor of the activity in hopes that the issue will be addressed.
Unfortunately, in many cases the supervisor is either passive or reactive. In some cases, the supervisor may even benefit from the activity, such as if it results in increased performance goals and bonuses. Meanwhile, the whistleblower may see that nothing is done. Worse, the whistleblower may face retaliation or termination, or may be isolated as not being a “team player” as a result of their action. In such circumstances, the whistleblower may turn to the government for help.
Typical Violations that May Lead to Whistleblower Action
Violations that may result in whistleblower action include violations of:
- Environmental laws,
- Safety and health laws,
- Medical confidentiality laws,
- Consumer protection laws,
- Laws and regulations prohibiting Medicare and Medicaid fraud,
- Minimum wage and overtime laws,
- Laws and regulations prohibiting fraud against the government,
- Housing codes,
- Building laws, and
- Financial regulations.
What Can I Do to Protect Myself from Employer Retaliation?
Under an array of federal and state laws, whistleblowers are entitled to receive protection from being demoted, fired, or subjected to a hostile working environment for revealing the wrongful practices of their employer. We help whistleblowers recover damages induced by retaliation, such as lost wages and benefits. Through legal action, a whistleblower may even seek reinstatement into the position he or she held before retaliation took place.
If You Are Considering Whistleblower Action, Learn About Your Rights
It’s best if you call us early so we can coach you through how to defend yourself before retaliation costs your job.
Call us today – there is no fee for the initial screening call, and once we learn about your case, we may be able to help.
Regarding whistleblower reward programs, see the following pages on our website for more information: