Sometimes employers violate laws and regulations that cause danger to public safety. Some employers may feel the need to report these violations. The individual who opposes this kind of illegal behavior is called a whistleblower. This is someone who doesn’t feel comfortable being part of the whole situation and threatens to report the activity because it violates the law. When the employee objects to participate in practices that don’t violate any rules, regulations, or specific laws, he or she will not be entitled to receive whistleblower protection. Some state and federal laws protect whistleblowers from any retaliation by their employers.
The law can protect whistleblowers from adverse activities including:
The victim or employee must prove some elements in order to show he or she was retaliated against in violation of the law:
It all depends on the law applied to your whistleblower case. Several laws may grant protection for only one complaint. Some states have something called “play fair” where the employee is required to tell the employer first and give them an opportunity to fix the problem. Telling your boss that you plan to sue may not be protected but filing a complaint is protected. Other courts will protect any individual who wants to help enforce the law.
In the state of Florida both private and public workers are protected from retaliation under the Florida Whistleblower’s Act. Employees in Florida are entitled to sue for lost wages, back pay and full benefits, and any other damages that may be claimed in the suit.
Employees can lose the protection of the law when their actions are associated with impulsive behavior. A protected activity should be lawful in character. The employee’s behavior should not be aggressive or overstep the protective limits of conduct. In other words, you should stay calm.
Lawyers call this statute of limitations. A written complaint is required with some description of the whistleblower claim. Details must be given together with the names and contact information of individuals and company involved in the violation. Whistleblower claims are filed depending on the law applied to each specific case:
Some situations may be difficult to resolve on your own due to the complexity of each law. We urge you to talk to one of our Miami Employment law attorneys and get the help you need for your specific circumstances. If you or a loved one has suffered workplace injuries or perhaps the company you work for has retaliated against you, contact Gallardo Law Firm today at (305) 261-7000.