State and Federal whistleblower laws were enacted to protect people who expose illegal activities, dishonest business practices, and misconduct on the part of an organization or company. These laws are powerful tools designed to discourage fraudulent and illegal behavior, and provide workers with a safe way to file complaints and report concerns. The Reddy Law Firm, P.C. provides representation to clients throughout Georgia, bringing experience in both the public and private sectors to produce positive outcomes and the maximum protection afforded by law.
Types of actions protected by whistleblower laws
Several State and Federal laws address whistleblower protections and guidelines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces the whistleblower provisions of 17 different statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Common protected whistleblower activities include:
Whistleblower protections prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who participate in protected activities. Examples of illegal employer actions against a whistleblower include:
The Georgia False Claims Act is a separate law that was enacted to prevent Medicaid fraud. It allows individuals to report healthcare fraud and bring a lawsuit in the name of the State of Georgia. Whistleblowers are entitled to receive a portion of the damages awarded in civil actions.
How whistleblowing actions affect business of all sizes
Successful employment relationships are based on trust, honesty and communication. It is important for employees to understand they will not face discrimination or retaliation if they report complaints or violations to their superiors. When employees have a voice and a legitimate venue to express their concerns, the company has a much better chance of remaining successful. Quick reporting also protects the company by helping it minimize the damage it may have caused and prevent further illegal conduct.
Contact an Atlanta whistleblower attorney for legal advice
One of the most important things to potential whistleblowers is confidentiality. We understand that you may be concerned about who you can talk to about a potential problem at a current or former employer. Keep in mind that all conversations you have with our legal team is privileged, even if you do not decide to hire our firm. We represent clients throughout the state, including the counties of Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and DeKalb, and your initial phone consultation is provided free of charge. Contact our office today at (678) 629-3246 or email us.