Whistleblowers Are Protected by Law
State and Federal Laws Prohibit Retaliation Against Whistleblowers
In the state of Nevada and across the entire United States, employers are required to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. In order to monitor and regulate these standards, the U.S. Department of Labor has a division known as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are regularly investigated by OSHA due to violations or complaints of such violations. Employers may be tempted to punish any workers who "blow the whistle" on their wrongful behavior, but they are prohibited from doing so by the Whistleblower Protection Program.
According to this program, employers are not allowed to treat any employee in the following manner as retaliation for whistleblowing:
- Firing or laying them off
- Reducing pay or hours
- Denying overtime, promotion, or benefits
- Intimidation/making threats
- Reassignment affecting prospects for promotion
My employer is retaliating against me. What do I do?
If you blew the whistle on your employer and they are disciplining you as a result, you have every right to file a complaint with OSHA. By doing so, you exert your right to protection under the Whistleblower Protection Program and ensure that your employer will pay the consequences for their wrongful behavior. It is also important to retain the services of a Reno workers' compensation attorney during this time, since they can also protect you from being wrongfully treated and can ensure that you are compensated for any damages.
Find a Lawyer in Reno
Call Shook & Stone today for the experienced representation you need for a whistleblowing case. Our team will study your case from all angles to gather evidence and prove your employer liable. We can fight aggressively to recover any lost wages you may have suffered and will stop at nothing to ensure that you are able to keep your job. Your initial case evaluation is free and there are whistleblowing time limits, so contact an attorney from Shook & Stone as soon as possible.