Your Rights As A Whistleblower
A whistleblower is defined as a person who, in good faith, reports any occurrences of misconduct, dishonestly, or illegal activity at their place of work. You have the legal right as a public employee to complain to your employer, a superior, or any legal authority without the fear of any potential repercussions for doing so. Being punished or discriminated against for exercising your rights is illegal, and you can file a complaint immediately if this occurs.
Types of Employer Retaliation
If an employer neglects to take proper action regarding an employee complaint such as by punishing an employee for whistleblowing, they are acting illegally. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects the rights of employees to report any workplace misconduct or hazardous conditions. Signs that an employer is retaliating against you for whistleblowing include the following :
- Punishment of whistleblowers
- Reduction of pay
- Denial of benefits
If you experience any of these punishments or discriminatory actions, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the retaliation by your employer. If your employer is found to be guilty of retaliation, you may seek to recover damages, court costs and attorney fees, not to mention reinstatement of your position.
Contact an Austin Employment Lawyer For Help
If you’re being punished, discriminated, or experiencing any other kind of retaliation on behalf of your employer because of a complaint you made in confidence, one of our highly skilled and experienced employment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm in Austin may be able to help. Our attorneys have experience helping the Austin community file complaints against and seek financial compensation from their employers. Call the The Melton Law Firm at (512) 330-0017 to explore your case more in depth with one of our Austin legal professionals.