For many individuals, reporting illegal activity in the workplace is simply part of being a conscientious employee. Too often, however, when an employee experiences discrimination, notices a regulatory violation or refuses to take part in an illegal act, he or she is punished by his or her employer. Fortunately, both New Jersey and federal law offer protections to employees from acts of retaliation in the workplace.
It is important to remember that laws protecting whistleblowers do not require individuals to report activities to the police or a government agency. Simply reporting illegal activity to your employer is enough for a person to be considered a whistleblower.
I am Mount Laurel retaliation attorney Leo B. Dubler, III. At my firm, the Law Office of Leo B. Dubler, III, LLC, I represent clients throughout South Jersey who have lost their jobs or have been otherwise retaliated against for reporting illegal acts in the workplace.
Retaliation Is More Common Than Many People Believe
Situations that can give rise to retaliation by an employer can include:
- Sexual harassment: An employer takes action against an employee for reporting the sexual harassment of another employee or you complain because you are being sexually harassed
- Whistleblower claims: An employer takes action against an employee who complains of or refuses to participate in illegal activity
- Discrimination: An employer takes action against an employee for reporting discrimination or complaining about being discriminated against
- FMLA retaliation: An employer may retaliate against an employee who demands to take leave mandated by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act
- FLSA retaliation: Employers often retaliate against employees who report violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which sets standards for minimum wage and overtime pay
It is also not uncommon for employers to retaliate against employees who file workers' compensation claims or who request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
It is important to remember that your choice of lawyer can have a profound impact on your case. At my firm, I understand that employees who have been retaliated against by their employers have often put everything on the line. I use all my skills, gained over my decades of experience as a lawyer, to make sure that my clients' stories are heard and justice is achieved on their behalf.
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If you believe that you have been fired, demoted or suffered other ill treatment in the workplace due to reporting an illegal act, fill out my firm's contact form or call 856-235-7075 today to schedule your free initial consultation.