Whistleblower Violations in Jacksonville
Laws governing the rights of whistleblowers have become a significant area of concern for employee rights. Employees who take a moral high ground by objecting to unlawful activity on the part of their employers are protected under the law. As the name implies, whistleblower claims occur when an employee "blows the whistle" on an employer for violating a law, rule, or regulation.
Whistleblower Laws in Florida
Not only do many federal and state regulations carry whistleblower protections within specific statutes, but Florida provides private employees and certain government employees with protection as well. Employee protection is covered in the Florida Whistleblower Act and the Florida Public Sector Whistleblower Act. Consult the Jacksonville Whistleblower Attorney Shands M. Wulbern, if you are a whistleblower and need to report or file a claim regarding a violation.
There are many reasons why employees do not complain or report unlawful acts taken by their employers. Many employees are afraid to report unlawful acts committed by their employers out of fear of retaliation. Whistleblower laws exist, however, to protect employees from all forms of retaliation, including the loss of the whistleblower's job. Some individuals are unaware that such laws exist to protect them.
More than 55 federal laws exist to provide employees with protection from employer retaliation. Florida's whistleblower acts provide additional protection for employees who complain about or report unlawful acts taken by their employers.
Reasons for "Blowing the Whistle"
As long as the reason you blow the whistle is based upon a reasonable, good faith belief that your employer has engaged in illegal conduct, you are protected under the whistleblower laws.
You can report various types of unlawful activity taken by your employer, such as:
- Securities fraud
- Financial fraud
- Transportation safety violations
- Workplace safety violations
- Violations of employment discrimination
- Violations of consumer safety
- Unlawful acts against consumers
- Fraud against the government
The adverse employment actions that employees may be unlawfully subjected to based on a whistleblower case may include termination, demotion, discipline, reduced pay, and other acts or conduct that materially alter the terms and conditions of employment.
Mistakes to Avoid
If you are considering blowing the whistle on your employer, you must be aware of the proper procedure to avoid mistakes. Knowing how to blow the whistle, who to complain to, and what steps to take to preserve evidence and establish sufficient evidence can be crucial to filing a viable whistleblower claim. In the case that your employer retaliates, you need to be prepared.
Establishing sufficient evidence can also be critical if the type of whistleblower claim involves fraud against federal or state governments. Obtaining advice from the Jacksonville whistleblower violation attorney at the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. prior to blowing the whistle can provide you with guidance and added security. You should obtain a case evaluation to ensure that you take the appropriate course of action and have the courage to step forward.
Legal Assistance from the Jacksonville Employment Attorney
In the case where you already blew the whistle and retaliation has begun, you should speak with the attorney from the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. immediately.
Businesses that commit a whistleblower violation against an employee may be liable for damages, including:
- Lost back pay
- Lost front pay
- Emotional distress damages
- Punitive damages
- Attorney fees and costs
Being a whistleblower takes tremendous courage. Far too few employees stand up and take action against their employers when they see a wrong being committed.
If you want to report unlawful acts by your employer or believe you have been retaliated against, contact the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. to speak with a Jacksonville employment lawyer right away.