Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Protection, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Whistleblower Law |

People who see a wrongdoing at work have a moral obligation to make this a known to the public and bring this to justice.  However, many people choose to remain silent.  Why is this so?  Well, usually, people don’t have enough faith in whistleblower law and are afraid of potential retaliation on their employer. 

If you are in a situation where you are wondering whether or not you should report some violations you have a witness at work, perhaps this article will persuade you to pursue justice instead of being afraid whether or not you should react in the first place.

whistleblowerMany people are afraid of retaliation, which come in all sorts of forms.  For some, and this may mean that they will lose their job.  For others, it goes beyond that, and means that they won’t be able to carry on with their careers.  Whereas sometimes, the whistleblowers are kept in the same company, in the same position, even, and still, they experience different treatment than other employees in the company.

In fear often not jeopardizing their position and their job, a lot of people are afraid to do the right thing.  However, they should not be afraid because many laws (ball to state and Federal) support you in every possible way in order to bring wrongdoings and wrongdoers to the justice.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have literally a number of regulations which are designed especially to protect whistleblowers. OSHA even has a Whistleblower Protection Program which enforces the statutory and regulatory provisions are more than twenty different statutes designs to protect employees who had reported violations of the law. The Whistleblower Protection Program protects the whistleblowers from a variety of retaliations, and are not just those which indirectly affect the safety and well-being of the person who reports violations.

Legal Questions : About the Whistleblower Protection Act

The Whistleblower Protection Program protects those who report matters of concern regarding airlines, close your products, environmental violations, commercial motor carriers, financial violations, food safety issues, Health Insurance frauds, motor vehicle safety, nuclear safety, utility pipelines, public transportation, railroads, ships, securities violations, as well as many others which are protected by this program.

Also, one of the primary sources of the whistleblower protection in recent years has come from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. This Act protects whistleblowers far beyond the legal remedies for wrongdoings.

istock_000009688562xsmall-resized-600Therefore, with all the laws which are protecting whistleblowers you should not be afraid to blow the whistle once you see a wrongdoing.  If you suspect that you have been fired for whistleblowing, contact your attorney.  Eggs in your best interest that you fly rule the appropriate paperwork and get your claim started in order to report illegal retaliation.  Hopefully, you will reach justice.

Disclaimer: Even though this article aims to give proper information, it is still not a substitution for legal advice given by a professional.  Please consult a lawyer or an attorney for experts’ advice.

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