Companies sometimes engage in illegal behavior or demand that their employees engage in illegal behavior on their behalf. In other situations, workers assist government agencies with their investigations into fraud, abuse, and other deceptive business practices. For those employees that refuse to participate in illegal conduct, blow the whistle on their employer’s illegal conduct or assist a government agency with an investigation into illegal conduct, they often become targets for retaliation. There are Federal and State laws that protect employees from retaliation after blowing the whistle on illegal conduct that the Tampa whistleblower lawyers at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens understand.
Employer Retaliation Impacts Many Different Terms of Conditions of Employment
- Forced Resignation/Constructive Discharge
- Failure to Promote
- Loss of Pay
- Loss of Benefits
These are just some of many forms of retaliation in the workplace and courts will often consider an employer’s behavior to be retaliatory if the action against the employee would reasonably dissuade other workers from engaging in similar activity that is protected.
Another type of whistleblower case is called qui tam. In a qui tam case, a person brings a claim on behalf of the government. The government is the party in the case, but the person bringing the claim on behalf of the government is entitled to a percentage of the award if the government prevails. A common employment qui tam claim falls under the federal False Claims Act where an employee of a federal contractor blows the whistle on his or her employer for defrauding the federal government. If successful, an employee could receive up to 30% of the award in a claim under the False Claims Act.
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Many workers are afraid to oppose activity by their employer that they reasonably and in good faith believe is illegal. For those that have the courage to stand up for what is right, the law provides protections. Those protections are vast, as are the types of behavior by an employer that are deemed to be retaliatory under the law.
Do you believe that your employer retaliated against you due to voicing your opposition or reporting illegal behavior? If so, our Tampa whistleblower attorneys are here to help. Florin Gray Bouzas Owens is committed to protecting brave whistleblowers that suffer adverse consequences in the workplace.