Retaliation by Your Employer for Whistleblowing

An employer may not retaliate against you for disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency where you have reasonable cause to believe that the information that you disclosed is about a violation of state or federal statute or a violation or noncompliance with a state or federal rule or regulation.

You may not be discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed or in any other manner discriminated against.

An employee whistleblower who is retaliated against by an employer may be entitled to be reinstated in his or her position with double backpay, benefits, any other special damage that occurred because of the retaliation, punitive damages where appropriate, money for costs that you actually incurred because of the retaliation, litigation costs and reasonable attorney fees.

There is a proper procedure for filing a complaint against a public company that should be followed to ensure whistleblower protection.

In addition, no employer can make or enforce any rule or policy that prohibits an employee from disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency.

Your employer also may not retaliate against you for making a general employment complaint.

There are proper procedures that may need to be followed to disclose violations to the government that may require the assistance of an attorney.