New York Whistleblower Protection Law Firm
In recent years, whistleblowers have opened a public eye to the shortcomings, deceit, and criminal activities of individuals and organizations, sometimes involving entire industries, respected executives, and federal agencies. But when employees choose to file a claim or report violations of the law at their workplace, they expose themselves to retaliation from colleagues and employers.
Whistleblowers are executives, managers, and workers who report any abuse of the law by an employer or colleague, from sexual harassment claims to complex criminal pollution practices. Because of the invaluable service they provide to other employees and society, whistleblowers are given a number of special protections under state and federal laws to prevent retaliatory terminations and other unfair employer practices.
The Harman Firm P.C., is proud to help individuals who have suffered retaliatory actions by an employer after speaking out about violations of the law in the workplace. As experienced attorneys in employment law, The Harman Firm P.C., can assist individuals with their claims with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Federal and State Protections for Whistle Blowing Employees
In 1986 Congress passed the False Claims Act, which provides protection to employees who are discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed or discriminated against for lawful acts such as participating in an investigation or taking legal action against an employer.
A number of additional federal laws relating to environmental, criminal, and substance abuse issues, provide specific protections for individuals with a good-faith belief that their employer is violating the law and who have expressed this belief to either their employer or a government agency. Even if the employer is in fact innocent, the whistle blowing employee is protected from a number of retaliatory actions.
Without legal protection few workers will complain about what are often serious concerns about the health and safety of others. The New York False Claims Act allows whistleblowers to bring suit in the name of the State of New York where a wrongdoer engages in conduct that defrauds the state or local governments of taxpayer dollars. This law was designed to address any mismanagement or wrongdoing involving state or local money.
Recently, the Senate unanimously voted to pass the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act (CAARA), also known as the Leahy-Grassley Bill to protect whistleblowers in criminal antitrust cases. The bill provides innocent third-party whistleblowers with a civil remedy for employer retaliation for cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice. This program should encourage whistleblowers to come forward without the fear of being retaliated against.
If you are a New York metropolitan area employee who is considering blowing the whistle on an employer's illegal conduct or have been retaliated against for speaking out, contact The Harman Firm, P.C.