Employees often question what to do if they become aware of wrongdoing by their employer. They may fear retaliation for reporting it. If you have knowledge that your employer has violated the law, contact a Washington DC employment law attorney to help you understand your options.
A Washington DC Employment Lawyer Explains the Basics
Whistleblower protection is governed by federal law as well as state law to varying degrees. A Washington DC employment lawyer should be consulted to help you determine the specifics of your state and how it applies to your employer. In general though, federal whistleblower protection may come into play if an employee has knowledge that their employer has violated a law, regulation, engaged in gross mismanagement, fraud, abuse or threatened public safety. The employee may be protected from negative personnel action.
A Washington DC Employment Lawyer Explains Who May Be Impacted
As your Washington DC employment law attorney can counsel, federal whistleblower protection applies to federal employment. State law will dictate whether protection is triggered for private employees. Most states have a minimum employee requirement. Additionally, the law requires the employee have reasonable belief of the violation. This is to help prevent employees who “cry wolf.”
A Washington DC Employment Law Attorney Discusses the Protections Afforded Under the Act
Again, an employee may be protected from adverse employment actions such as firing, demotion or other negative personnel actions. Your Washington DC employment law attorney can explain what remedies may be available to you such as reinstatement, back pay or even punitive damages.
If you suspect your were terminated after disclosing your employer’s violation of the law, it’s critical that you seek counsel from a Washington DC employment law attorney as soon as possible. The WPA has strict deadlines for reporting.
At the Law Offices of Boniface K. Cobbina, P.C., we work with experts in the field who understand the complexities of your case and can help you decide on your best options. To schedule an appointment with a skilled Washington DC employment law attorney to discuss your employment issue, call 202-463-6900