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Can My Employer Legally Fire Me for Being a Whistleblower?

August 27, 2021 Legal Team

A whistleblower is “a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity.”

Essentially, a whistleblower is someone who reports on shady behavior that occurs within an organization.

You may wonder whether your employer has the legal right to terminate your employment if you are a whistleblower. After all, you have to uphold your duty as a U.S. resident to report illegal activity within your organization.

Here’s what you need to know:

No, Your Employer Cannot Fire You For Being a Whistleblower

In fact, if your employer does terminate your employment for being a whistleblower, it is considered retaliation, which is highly illegal.

Even though there are government agencies that are responsible for enforcing workplace laws, they do not conduct random workplace audits in an attempt to discover violations. Instead, these agencies rely on employee complaints to learn about violations.

When violations are discovered, enforcement agencies rarely sue employers for breaking the law. Agencies may investigate, impose fines, or even make a finding that an employer has conceivably broken the law, the employee needs to bring a lawsuit to substantiate his or her rights.

If You’re Fired for Blowing the Whistle, We Can Help

You should never have to fear for your job for reporting illegal activity within the organization you work for. If your employer lets you go for being a whistleblower, it’s imperative that you seek legal counsel right away. The right attorney will be able to help you assert your rights so that you don’t lose your job needlessly.

Our team has handled many cases just like yours. Don’t delay—contact our office right away to learn how we can help with your case.

Contact our office today with the details of your case by calling (949) 379-6250 or by filling out the online contact form.