"Whistle-blowing" occurs when an employee reports or discloses, whether internally or externally, that a company is engaging in illegal activities. Whistle-blowing is protected by law, and employer retaliation in such cases is illegal. It is illegal to terminate or take an adverse employment action (demotion or change in working condition) against an employee for reporting illegal conduct engaged in by the company. It is not necessary that the employer actually have violated or broke a law. Rather, it is sufficient that the employee had a good-faith belief that an illegality existed in the workplace and the employer terminated or retaliated against the employee for expressing that belief.
Not all illegal conduct is protected under the public policy and gives rise to a whistle-blowing claim. To determine whether such conduct by a company gives rise to a whistle-blowing claim, it is important to consult an attorney familiar with the whistle-blowing law.
If you have any questions, please contact the firm’s whistle-blowing lawyers by completing this form or by calling one of our offices.