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Retaliatory actions against whistleblowers are illegal

Seeing an employer bypassing safety guidelines or doing something illegal is troubling to many employees. In some cases, those employees might be wondering if they should speak up or just keep quiet. Some employees might wonder if they are going to get into trouble if they speak up. We want employees to know that they have special protections if they speak up against an employer who is doing something illegal.

If you decide to speak out against an employer doing illegal things, there is a chance that your employer will retaliate. Retaliation is against the law if the employer is simply acting out because of the whistleblowing.

Protections for whistleblowers in Florida are covered under the Florida Whistleblower Protection Act and federal laws. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Sarbanes-Oxley also offer whistleblower protections. We can help you to learn your rights under these if you have blown the proverbial whistle against your employer.

Some of the employer actions that are forbidden under whistleblower protections include retaliatory termination, financial penalties and other actions. Even something as seemingly small as being passed over for a raise after you have spoken out against your employer might be considered retaliatory.

You have the right to refuse to do something illegal at work. You have the right to speak up and file complaints if your employer is doing something illegal. If you exercise those rights and face any retaliatory actions, you have the right to seek remedies for those actions. We can help you learn your options for dealing with retaliatory actions because of whistleblowing.

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