Colleen Rowley, Erin Brockovich—these are some of the well-known names that help define the meaning of "whistleblower" for the public. A whistleblower is an employee “who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary.
After the fact, whistleblowers—such as Rowley and Brockovich—may be considered heroes. But when an employee is in the middle of a controversy involving illegal or unethical activity on the job, they may be said to be "snitching" or "disloyal" when they first report it to the public or to higher authorities. Job status or even employment itself may be at risk if the employer tries to retaliate for the whistleblower's revelations.
Contact the Houston employment law firm of Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP for an initial consultation if you believe your job is at risk after you reported wrongdoing. If you are in need of whistleblower protection, we can help. The sooner you speak with a Houston employment law attorney from our office, the better. You deserve to know about the laws protecting you from whistleblower discrimination / retaliation.
There are many laws intended to provide job protection for whistleblowers. One is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which specifically provides whistleblower protection to employees who report a reasonable belief that a company subject to Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations has engaged in fraud.
Another law designed to protect whistleblowers is the Federal Civil False Claims Act (FCFCA), which contains a provision known as qui tam. Qui tam allows private citizens to file a lawsuit in the name of the U.S. government charging fraud by government contractors and others who use or receive government funds.
The whistleblower law attorneys at the Houston employment law firm of Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP apply these and other laws to protect whistleblowers throughout the state of Texas and across the nation. We are knowledgeable, dedicated, and determined to protect your rights according to whistleblower laws by whatever means we can.
We know how to invoke the power of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the qui tam provision of the Federal Civil False Claims Act, and every other appropriate whistleblower law to protect you from retaliation after you have reported illegal or unethical practices at your place of work. We can help you file your complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA). We can help you cooperate as the Department of Labor handles the investigation following the filing with OSHA. If necessary, we can pursue the case to federal district court to get relief for our whistleblower clients.
Contact us at (713) 352-3433 for an initial consultation to learn if you have a whistleblower law case.