Austin Hospital Worker Attorneys
Whistleblowers working in a hospital setting have put themselves at immense risk in order to maintain the integrity of their workplace. At The Melton Law Firm, we understand what is at stake, as hospital workers are not just responsible for themselves and their fellow employees, but many patients that rely on their diligence and competence.
Hospital workers who report workplace health and safety concerns are well-protected by state and national law. The Texas Health and Safety Code § 161.134 prohibits hospitals from retaliating against health professionals who report any violation of law, including patient abuse, neglect, or other unethical conduct, to supervisors, law enforcement, or regulatory agencies. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, also protects hospital whistleblowers through a federal law banning employer retaliation against them.
Protected Whistleblowing Activities
Especially in a hospital environment where patients’ lives are at stake, it is absolutely vital that business operations are open and honest. Ensuring that whistleblowers feel safe to speak up about workplace malpractice is paramount to ensuring openness and, ultimately, the safety of patients in the hospital’s care. State and federal legal protections for hospital worker whistleblowers are in place to make sure employees know they can speak out against their hospitals without their career suffering. Whistleblowing actions protected by the law include:
- Filing a grievance
- Refusing to take part in illegal activity
- Contacting the media
- Complaints that alert management
The lawyers at The Melton Law Firm understand that hospital worker whistleblowers are acting in order to ensure the health and safety of their patients and deserve legal protection.
Contact an Austin Hospital Worker Attorney
At The Melton Law Firm, we have a team of experienced Austin Hospital Worker Attorneys ready to fight for worker rights and ensure unethical hospital practices are curtailed. If you are a hospital worker suffering negative consequences in your workplace due to whistleblowing, contact our Austin offices at (512) 330-0017 to speak to an attorney and start building your case.