Whistleblower Retaliation Claim Lawyer Washington DC
There may be situations where you, as an employee, observe or discover wrongdoing by managers or others working for your employer. Those violations of law, or efforts to defraud investors or the state or federal government, are serious and costly.
What could go WRONG:
You lose your job or are otherwise subjected to an adverse employment action over your doing the right thing and bringing the issue to the attention of your employer or governmental authorities to remedy.
The RIGHT CHOICE:
You have rights as a whistleblower.
You have the right not to be retaliated against for exposing illegalities. There are many federal and state statutes that may apply, depending on who your employer is and what industry is the subject matter. The following is a partial list of pertinent statutes:
- U.S. Constitution First Amendment, protecting public employees who speak out on matters of public concern
- 42 U.S.C. § 1983, applying First Amendment protections to state and local government employees
- Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2087, protecting employees who blow the whistle on consumer safety hazards and law violations
- The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, 7 U.S.C. § 26, and
- Sarbanes Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. §1514A, protecting corporate whistleblowers
- Securities Exchange Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6, protecting corporate and investor whistleblowers who expose fraud against shareholders
- Defend Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b), protecting whistleblowers who disclose trade secrets when they report suspected violations of law
- Environmental whistleblower protection laws, there are at least a dozen such federal laws
- Whistleblower Protection Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h) (for federal employees)
- Department of Defense Contractor Fraud Act, 10 U.S.C. § 2409, protecting defense contractor employees against retaliation for whistleblowing
- Government Contractor and Grantee Whistleblower Protection Act, 41 U.S.C. § 4712, protecting contractor and federal grantee employees
- False Claims Act whistleblower retaliation provision, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h)
- Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) whistleblower protections, 26 U.S.C. § 7623
- Federal Whistleblower Protection Act, 5 U.S.C. § 2302
- Food safety whistleblower protections, 21 U.S.C. § 399d
- Heathcare protections, 29 U.S.C. § 218C
- Military whistleblower protections, 38 U.S.C. § 4311, 10 U.S.C. § 1034
- National security and intelligence whistleblower protections, 50 U.S.C. § 403q
- Nuclear safety whistleblower protections, 42 U.S.C. 5851
- Occupational Health and Safety Act protections, 29 U.S.C. § 660(c)
- Privacy Act protections, 5 U.S.C. 552a
- Transportation safety whistleblower protections, 49 U.S.C. § 42121 (airline safety), 49 U.S.C. § 30171 (automobile safety anti-retaliation), 49 U.S.C. § 31105 (truck safety)
- Workplace discrimination has its own anti-retaliation provisions for protesting discrimination or otherwise engaging in protected activity
- Many states also have anti-retaliation provisions in their false claims act statutes and whistleblower states, but it is wise to check your state to determine whether your category of employment, that is, public or private, is covered.
I have been privileged to represent courageous whistleblowers who seek justice and compensation for being subjected to retaliation for exposing corporate and governmental wrongdoing. While the nature of your employer will likely dictate what laws may apply to your situation, the Right Choice entails a thorough review of your situation to determine the appropriate laws under which you may receive remedies.