Representing Employees In Retaliation And Whistleblower Cases
Federal and state laws prohibit retaliation against employees who act as whistleblowers. A whistleblower is anyone who reports illegal, unsafe or improper practices carried out by their employer. There are various legal remedies available for whistleblowers and for those who have experienced retaliation for acting as a whistleblower.
At the law firm of Olds George Law LLC, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees in Pennsylvania. If you believe your employer has illegally taken adverse action against you for reporting wrongdoing, we can help you explore your legal options.
When Does Retaliation Occur?
Retaliation may occur when an employer punishes an employee for filing a complaint:
- To someone in a position of authority at the company
- To an outside agency about potential illegal activity in the workplace
This includes claims of discrimination and harassment. Even if a complaint is found to be untrue, employees are protected from retaliation as long as the complaint was made in good faith.
Retaliation also occurs when an employer takes adverse action against an employee for cooperating with an investigation or for providing testimony concerning illegal workplace activity.
Some forms of retaliation may appear to be obvious, such as an employee being terminated shortly after making a complaint. Other forms may be more subtle and can include demotions, failures to promote a qualified employee, negative performance reviews or negative references from a former employer. Our lawyers will take a close look at your case to determine if you have a strong claim for retaliation.
Contact Us For Help Protecting Your Workplace Rights
No one should be punished for doing the right thing. If you believe your employer has taken retaliatory action against you for reporting workplace concerns, call our law offices in Pittsburgh at 412-492-8975. You may also contact us online.