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Whistleblowers have protections, but can still face challenges

Whistleblowers serve a key role in our society. By bringing corporate wrongdoing to light, they open the door for justice to be served and for companies to go onto a better path. Whistleblowers can help with putting a stop to Medicare/Medicaid fraud and other types of fraud against the government.

Now, there are many worries that workers may have when blowing the whistle on wrongdoing they have discovered. One is fear of how their employer will react.

While some companies welcome whistleblowing as a way to help detect and root out bad practices, the sad reality is that not all businesses embrace employees who speak up and do the right thing. This is why there are many legal protections in place for whistleblowing, including bans on employer retaliation against whistleblowers.

Some of these protections come from federal law, such as the False Claims Act. Also, here in New York, there are state laws protecting whistleblowers.

Unfortunately, companies may not always be respectful of these worker protections. Despite the value of whistleblowing and the bans against retaliating against whistleblowers, some companies still may take efforts to make life difficult for workers who have spoken up about corporate wrongdoing.

So, even with the law on their side, whistleblowers can still encounter challenges. However, whistleblowers don’t have to face these challenges alone. Whistleblowers can bring in skilled attorneys to help them with their efforts to bring corporate wrongdoing to light. Lawyers can help individuals pursue whistleblowing claims, understand what protections they have and respond to violations of these protections.

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