Here are our suggestions for whistleblowers who are considering whether to “blow the whistle,” and a brief summary of the analysis we make when examining claims of this nature that are brought to us by potential clients. A whistleblower is defined as a person who points out that their employer is not complying with significant governmental regulations and laws. Whistleblowing is a legally protected activity because our country wants to encourage businesses to comply with laws and regulations that govern all facets of business conduct. The laws relating to dairy processing are different from those relating to aircraft maintenance, for example, but our country wants to encourage each type of business to comply with all applicable laws.
Most whistleblower issues never make it to court. Many employers who are faced with an employee raising a concern about the employer’s compliance with a law or regulation will voluntarily make the adjustments to get into legal compliance. When you bring an issue to light, whether your employer is complying with a law or regulation or is not, we encourage you to be polite and non-confrontational. Most employers will appreciate the input and make the adjustments required.
A few employers have a negative reaction to employees who raise concerns about the employer’s legal compliance. This can adversely affect workers during their employment. It may also result in an employee being unjustly fired. If you are concerned that your blowing the whistle may result in a negative reaction from your employer, contact us before taking your concerns to your employer. We can offer suggestions on strategies for raising your whistleblowing concerns and how to protect your rights and your job.
If you have already raised concerns and are suffering as a result due to being harassed or fired, contact us at 650-684-5444 for an immediate evaluation of your legal rights.