4 Different Types of Whistleblower Retaliation You Might Encounter

Whistleblowers who report wrongdoing face retaliation from their employers. Retaliation can take many different forms, from demotion to firing. In this blog post, we’ll explore four types of retaliation that whistleblowers might encounter.


Discharge is an act of whistleblower retaliation in which an employer terminates an employee for reporting misconduct. Employees who speak up and do the right thing may suffer retaliation, which is illegal.

If you have been discharged from your job after reporting misconduct, you should speak to an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and options. You may have a claim for wrongful termination and be able to recover damages for your lost wages and career.


Whistleblowers often face retaliation from their employers for speaking out against wrongdoing. This retaliation can take many forms, from demotion to termination to harassment.

If you’re a whistleblower who has received a punishment, you may feel you have nowhere to turn. But there are laws in place to protect whistleblowers from retaliation, and you may be able to take legal action if you’ve suffered because of your whistleblowing.


Suspension is when an employee is temporarily removed from their job. This can be with or without pay. In some cases, a leave of absence is granted instead of suspending an employee.

Suspension can be used as a form of retaliation because it can interfere with an employee’s ability to do their job. A suspension without pay can also cause financial hardship to the employee.


Threats can take many forms, from verbal threats of violence to more subtle threats of reprisal. Threats can be physical, psychological, or economic, and they can profoundly impact the whistleblower and their ability to continue speaking out. An individual or a group can make them, and they can be directed at the whistleblower or their family.

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