Whistleblowers are employees who report illegal, illicit, or dangerous employer activity. Reporting an employer’s wrongdoing is a courageous action, and whistleblowers are protected under the law. However, sometimes employers illegally seek retaliation against a whistleblower.
Whistleblower retaliation is illegal. It can do serious damage to an employee’s career prospects and finances. If you’ve been the victim of whistleblower retaliation, help is available. Feldman Legal Group has extensive experience successfully fighting for compensation after a whistleblower experiences employer retaliation.
We can help you understand your options for recourse and compensation. Call 877-946-8293 today to speak with a whistleblower retaliation attorney.
The Cost of Whistleblower Retaliation
Whistleblower retaliation comes in many forms. It may involve lighter forms of retaliation, like intimidation tactics or unfavorable performance reviews, or it may involve more serious consequences, such as threats or termination.
In the most extreme situations, whistleblowers find themselves the victims of blacklisting. This is when an employer seeks revenge by maligning you across a field or industry, making it impossible for you to secure future employment. Blacklisting destroys careers and has a devastating financial impact.
When a whistleblower is courageous enough to come forward and report an employer’s wrongdoing, these types of ruinous consequences are unacceptable. Fortunately, the law agrees. When whistleblower retaliation hurts your career prospects, it’s crucial to know your rights and take action.
Why Choose Feldman Legal Group if You Face Retaliation for Blowing the Whistle?
Feldman Legal Group Fights for Whistleblower Rights
Feldman Legal Group is an established law firm with extensive experience protecting the rights of whistleblower retaliation victims. When you need protection from employer backlash, Feldman Legal Group’s whistleblower retaliation attorneys will fight for justice.
Whistleblowing can come at a cost. But there is good news: That cost can be much lower when you know your rights. Feldman Legal Group can assist you with gaining compensation for your damages and restoring your rights, reputation, and career prospects.
Feldman Legal Group has worked to protect many whistleblowers from retaliation. Let us help you next. Speak with a whistleblower retaliation attorney at Feldman Legal Group by calling 877-946-8293.
How a Lawyer Can Help in a Whistleblower Retaliation Case
Legal Remedies for Whistleblower Retaliation
Working with an attorney experienced in whistleblower retaliation laws is essential for gaining justice after whistleblowing has left you facing retaliation.
First, a whistleblower retaliation lawyer will get acquainted with you and the details of your case. Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into any ways you have experienced overt or suspected retaliation.
Depending on your situation and the types of retaliation you’ve experienced, a variety of whistleblower retaliation damages may be available to you.
Economic Damages After Whistleblower Retaliation
If you’ve been terminated from your position, an attorney can help you gain reinstatement.
If that option is undesirable, you may be awarded front pay damages in lieu of compensation. Instead of resuming your position, you’ll be awarded anticipated future income. With a strong case, front pay damages can be substantial, particularly if blacklisting or other damage to your reputation and employability has occurred.
In addition to future pay, you can pursue back pay damages to cover the amount of income you were deprived of through termination. You can also seek to have your attorney fees and litigation costs covered by the other party.
Compensatory and Special Damages
Compensatory damages and special damages are two additional forms of whistleblower retaliation damages. These might take the form of:
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Injury to reputation
- Other forms of non-monetary harm.
When retaliation causes harm of this nature, compensation is possible as a remedy for the damage.
Punitive Damages and Reporting Reward
Punitive damages are another form of compensation that a whistleblower retaliation attorney can help a whistleblower gain.
Retaliation against whistleblowers is illegal. In some circumstances, the court may call for punitive damages. When this happens, whistleblowers can receive up to $250,000 from the total punitive damages amount.
In addition to these damages and remedies, whistleblowers stand to gain financially in other ways. Whistleblowing entails reporting activity that is illegal, illicit, or dangerous. When whistleblowing occurs, the company or agency engaged in wrongdoing can be penalized through imposed sanctions.
Whistleblowers can collect 10% to 30% of the sanction money paid by an employer as a reward for reporting the wrongdoing. As part of your whistleblower retaliation settlement, your whistleblower lawyer can provide guidance on pursuing the maximum amount possible based on the sanctions issued in your case.
Government Employees Have Special Protections
Whistleblowers who work for the government are in the unique position of reporting the actions of the government to the government. This can raise distinct fears of retaliation.
The Whistleblower Protection Act exists to ensure that government employees can safely report the actions of a government agency without fear of the consequences. Special protections exist for employees of government agencies.
Feldman Legal Group has extensive experience with all types of whistleblower retaliation cases, including lawsuits on behalf of government employees when they report the misconduct of a federal, state, or local government. We help people who want to report actions related to defense contractor fraud, Medicare fraud, SEC fraud, OSHA fraud, and other types of fraudulent activities.
Justice for Whistleblowers
Feldman Legal Group Stands Up for You
If you’ve acted as a whistleblower, you already know a thing or two about justice. Whistleblowers put themselves at risk of incurring anger and retaliation when they stand up for what’s right. The laws exist to protect people in this situation. You’ve stood up for justice on behalf of others. Now, let us stand up for justice for you.
Whistleblowers are protected by the law. If you’ve acted as a whistleblower and suffered retaliation, Feldman Legal Group is on your side. Call 877-946-8293 to learn how a whistleblower retaliation lawyer can help.
Common Questions from Whistleblower Retaliation Clients
Yes. A whistleblower retaliation lawyer will work with you to determine the extent of your damages and devise a legal strategy to pursue the maximum compensation value available to you after you’ve been the victim of whistleblowing retaliation.
Yes. State and federal laws exist to protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation after a report or claim is filed.
Whistleblower retaliation can mean any action an employer takes against you that has negative or unwanted consequences and was undertaken as a response to whistleblowing. Common forms of retaliation include:
- Termination or layoff
- Reduced hours or pay
- Demotion or reassignment
- Disciplinary action
- Negative performance reviews
- Denied promotion
- Threats, intimidation, or harassment
If you believe an employer’s unwanted treatment or actions are retaliatory in nature, you should speak with a whistleblower retaliation attorney to discuss your options.
A wide variety of employee actions are protected under whistleblower retaliation laws. These include when an employee reports or files:
- Criminal activity
- Regulatory violations
- Environmental abuse
- OSHA violations
- Wage and hour claims
- Other civil rights violations
- Workers’ compensation claims.
If you experience a retaliatory employer response after any of these actions, you may be entitled to compensation under the whistleblower retaliation laws.
Want to learn more about your rights? Contact the skilled attorneys at Feldman Legal Group at 877-946-8293 today.