Georgia Reprisal Against Whistleblowers Lawyer
Whistleblowers are individuals who expose activities or information that is deemed unethical, illegal, or incorrect within an organization, entity, or the government. Oftentimes, whistleblowers are considered valuable in that they hold companies, the government, or individuals accountable for their wrongdoing or misconduct.
Unfortunately, government officials and employers do not necessarily take kindly to those who blow the whistle and some resort to retaliation or reprisal against the whistleblower. Fortunately, there are laws that are designed to protect whistleblowers and penalize those who retaliate against them.
Federal Laws that Protect Whistleblowers
You might be a victim of whistleblower reprisal or retaliation if after you have divulged wrongdoing or illegal action and you are harassed, demoted, receive a negative evaluation, your pay is cut, you lose out on a promotion, or you are even fired. Thankfully, when it comes to federal employees, there are laws that protect employees who report misconduct that is committed within the government. For instance, the Whistleblower Protection Act was created in order to provide stronger and improved protections to federal employees who report misconduct or wrongdoing that is committed within the government. Under the law, government officials are prohibited from taking adverse personnel actions against employees who blow the whistle on misconduct like an abuse of authority, gross mismanagement or a gross waste or misuse of funds, or even illegal activity.
There are other federal laws that regulate certain activities that also contain whistleblower protection provisions. These laws protect individuals who report violations of these laws. The Clean Air Act is one such law that protects employees who might report a violation regarding illegal air emissions.
Regardless of what law protects a whistleblower, it is important to note that time is of the essence when it comes to filing a retaliation claim. Accordingly, if you believe that you have been a victim of whistleblower reprisal or retaliation, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Federal Employment Law Attorney right away. Call the Vaughn Law Firm today at (877) 615-9495 and schedule your free consultation.