Under United States federal laws and regulations, employees are afforded the right to free speech in certain situations where that employee feels that they may be retaliated against for exposing business activity that may be inappropriate or illegal or if they feel that they have already been retaliated against for speaking up. According to a Wikipedia article on Whistleblower Protection, “Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation for disclosure of information which the employee or applicant reasonably believes evidences a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.” Depending on the situation, the protection for whistleblowers is guaranteed under various United States Department of Labor laws, the United States Office of Special Council, or other entities.
If you believe that you have a complaint that may qualify for special protection, it is essential to consult with a Whistleblower Attorney in order to ensure that your rights are protected. An experienced attorney can meet with you for a confidential consultation to educate you about your rights, outline next steps to take, coach you on how to ensure that you are protected from retaliation from an employer, and if necessary, provide you with representation in the legal system. It is your right to work in an environment where you feel safe to express concerns about illegal or inappropriate business or personal conduct, and you should feel secure that,if you consult with a Whistleblower Attorney, you can benefit from immediate representation in a discreet and professional way.