What is workplace whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing in the workplace means that an employee reports something that is not right on the job. The employee may report the issue to a supervisor or human resources.

Shortly after reporting something that is wrong, the employee is demoted, terminated or given other, less important tasks or less responsibility. The employee could also be denied the training or resources needed to move ahead. 

 

 

Examples of whistleblowing

Whistleblowing at the workplace means to call attention to something in order to put a stop to it. This “something” can be:

  • Sexual harassment on the job
  • A hostile workplace, including bullying and malicious teasing
  • Discrimination
  • Threatening to turn workers over to ICE if they report wrongdoing
  • Illegal activity 
  • Safety issues
  • Unethical behavior by the company, including the destruction of documents

If you suspect your employer is doing something unacceptable or illegal not on this list and you call attention to it by reporting it, this is whistleblowing. 

If I “blow the whistle” and am then fired, how will a lawsuit help?

If it is proven that you were unjustly terminated for calling out wrongdoing at the workplace you may be entitled to money make up for your lost wages and benefits, for your physical pain and your mental suffering.

You may also receive compensation if, by calling out your employer, your career or reputation suffered. 

In addition, you may also receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to “teach a lesson” and show that the court and society are intolerant of particularly bad or harmful behavior on the part of the employer. This is compensation above and beyond the other compensation and may include forcing the employer to also pay for your attorney fees. 

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