Were You Retaliated Against for Blowing the Whistle on an Employer?
Retaliation against an employee for blowing the whistle has severe consequences for employers. Federal and state laws are in place to protect employees who object to, refuse to participate in, or report illegal or dangerous activity in the workplace. If you were retaliated against, a Florida whistleblower attorney leads as your legal advocate — fighting hard for justice and the compensation you deserve.
Whether you are a public or private employee in the state of Florida, you have the right to sue for reinstatement and can be compensated for the following:
- Back pay and back benefits in full
- Withheld or reduced bonuses
- Reasonable costs
A Florida whistleblower attorney understands the complexities of the laws that protect employees from retaliation. At Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., we have the extensive expertise and experience to present your case to receive appropriate compensation for retaliation.
Know that there are a variety of actions that can constitute whistleblower retaliation:
- Firing you or forcing you to quit your job
- Reducing your pay
- Changing your job title and/or your current responsibilities/duties
- Passing you up for a promotion
- Harassing or bullying you on the job
- Giving you a negative job evaluation without an apparent cause
If any of these have happened to you for reporting illegal or dangerous activity in the workplace, contact a Florida whistleblower attorney today.
What are the Statutes of Limitations on Whistleblowing in Florida?
According to Florida’s Private Whistle-blower’s Act, it is unlawful for employers to terminate employees for uncovering, objecting to, or reporting violations of state law. Hardworking Florida residents have protections under this act and must take immediate action if their rights have been violated. With appropriate legal counsel with a Florida whistleblower attorney, your case will be as strong as possible to fight the lawyer or team of lawyers that your employer will have. There are also a number of federal laws on the books that cover whistleblowers for everything from financial crimes to food and consumer safety such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSC). At Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., we represent employees who have tried to do the right thing, only to be punished. That punishment can take the form of retaliation by their employers through termination, wage reduction, firing, or other punitive measures.
What to Expect when Filing a Complaint Against an Employer
Filing a formal complaint with the appropriate governing agency will result in a formal hearing to determine wrongdoing. Making a complaint to your employer regarding a valid violation of the law should not lead to the loss of your job. Protected employees may have done any of the following:
- Objected to, or refused to participate, in a policy, practice, or procedure of the employer that violates a law, rule or regulation
- Filed a written complaint with an appropriate agency on their own or as part of an ongoing investigation
- Participated in an investigation or legal action against their employer
- Contacted a whistleblower hotline
Dismissing or disciplining a whistleblower only adds to the troubles of an employer already under investigation for law violations. Other adverse actions may take the form of reducing or withholding bonuses or denying benefits.
Whatever the situation of the retaliation is: saving documentation is important. Valuable documentation that a whistleblower attorney can utilize for your case includes a list of retaliatory behavior with time and dates that says what the behavior was and how it affected you. Also keep any emails, memos, reviews and other related information. If you have any historical documentation before the retaliation, that can also be helpful to show the change in behavior from your employer.
Also, if there are any witnesses to the particular event(s) or event you complained about or witnesses to the retaliation by your employer, this can be extremely helpful in winning your case.
Contact a Whistleblower Attorney in Florida
At Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., we are here to stand up for your employee rights and help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. A Florida whistleblower attorney provides aggressive advocacy on your behalf against employers who try to intimidate you. The fact is that retaliating against a whistleblower is not only wrong, but it is illegal, and there are serious consequences. When your employee rights are violated, we are here for you to hold them accountable so you can get your career and your life back on track.
Contact us today to set up a free, confidential consultation with a Florida whistleblower attorney. We help employees who have been wronged by employers to make great decisions about their legal issues.