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What Happens when You Blow the Whistle on Your Employer?

May 14, 2021

Reporting your employer’s noncompliance with federal laws and regulations, including laws regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, can be intimidating, but you may feel a deep moral obligation to do so. The situation can be made worse, however, if your employer retaliates against you for making such a report. Fortunately, federal law protects whistleblowers in Atlanta who find themselves in just such a situation.

What Is a Whistleblower?

In general, a whistleblower is a person who reports their employer’s noncompliance with federal laws and regulations. If you want to file a whistleblower retaliation claim, your complaint must meet four key elements. First, you must have engaged in activity that falls under whistleblower protection laws. Second, your employer must know or suspect that you engaged in the protected activity. Third, your employer must have taken some sort of adverse action against you, such as a demotion or firing. Finally, your employer must have taken the adverse action based on your protected activity.

What Is the Procedure for Filing an OSHA Whistleblower Complaint?

A whistleblower complaint can be filed either online, by fax, through the mail, by email, by phone or in person at your local OSHA Regional or Area Office. Once filed, OSHA will interview you to determine whether an investigation is necessary. If an investigation is needed, OSHA will obtain information from your employer and any witnesses, if there are any. If the evidence supports your retaliation claim, OSHA may require your employer to give you back your job, earnings and benefits, among other forms of relief.

Learn More About Employment Law in Georgia

Atlanta residents who find they have been fired due to reporting their employer’s illegal activities may be very concerned about their future. Fortunately, it is possible to file a whistleblower claim against your employer to protect your rights. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want to learn more about employment law in Georgia are encouraged to explore our firm’s website for further information.