It is not always easy to do the right thing. The threat of retaliation is a significant concern for those upstanding individuals who bravely decide to speak up about injustices and misdeeds. Fortunately, various laws protect whistleblowers against retaliation and help them fight back.
Whether you are worried about retaliation or are already experiencing it after exercising your rights, you do not have to face these challenges alone. Our whistleblower attorney can help.
What is Retaliation in a Whistleblower Claim?
Retaliation happens when an employer — often through a manager, administrator, or supervisor — takes adverse action against an employee for engaging in a protected activity. Adverse actions are those that would dissuade a typical employee from reporting a potential violation or issue. They often take the form of firing, discipline, demotion, salary reduction, or reassignment.
Retaliation comes as a surprise to many employees who expected more from their colleagues. What is more, it can be incredibly difficult to endure, and it can have lasting repercussions.
How to Stop Whistleblower Retaliation
A good option to stop retaliation is to take measures to prevent it from happening at all. Certain tools can help protect whistleblowers before they ever choose to raise their concerns. Working with a skilled attorney is the best way to identify the protections that may be available to you.
If you are already facing retaliation, an attorney can also help you identify potential remedies. For example, you may be entitled to damages such as reinstatement, back pay, and lost future earnings. Our whistleblower and qui tam lawyer can explain what you may be able to expect.
Get Free Help With Your Unique Situation
James H. (Jamie) Shoemaker, Jr. is an experienced whistleblower attorney who can not only explain your protections under the law but also help you seek damages for retaliatory behavior.
Schedule a free and confidential case evaluation at 757-223-4580 to discuss your specific case. As a partner in the firm Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD), Mr. Shoemaker serves clients from Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and across the country.