Retaliation for reporting violations of employee rights and employment law is unlawful Your employer cannot fire you or take any other negative action against your job because you reported a violation of employee rights either internally within the company or externally to state or federal agencies. Your employer cannot act against you and your job for participating in an internal or external investigation of claims of unlawful workplace conduct. If you have been retaliated against for reporting violations or participating in an investigation you have a right to have your job restored or to be compensated for lost wages and benefits as a result of retaliation. The Kielich Law Firm and employment attorney for retaliation Adam Kielich can represent you against a retaliating employer.
You have a protected right to report violations
As an employee you have certain rights under the law to your job and your pay. The same laws that protect your rights also prohibit your employer from acting against you when you take steps to protect your rights. If the law did not protect your ability to enforce the law then those rights would be useless. State and federal law prohibits employer retaliation for reporting violations of the law to the appropriate state and federal agencies as well as internal reports to human resources or management. Retaliation is never acceptable. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting alleged violations even if the violation you reported is determined not to have occurred.
In addition to reporting violations of your own employee rights, you are also protected from retaliation for reporting violations of other employee rights and participating in both internal and external investigations of violations. Without these protections employees would not speak up about problems in the workplace and would not help investigations uncover these violations. It would be very hard to uncover the truth when illegal workplace activity occurs if employees won’t speak up for fear of losing their own jobs.
Employees should be aware of what activities are protected from retaliation to better protect their own rights. Examples of protected activities include: