Let’s say that you worked up the courage to report an issue such as fraud or corruption in your workplace. Then you eagerly looked forward to seeing the matter set right. Instead of achieving the resolution you desired, you were called into your boss’ office and fired on the spot.
This scenario is just one of many ways that retaliation might play out after exercising your right to blow the whistle. It’s crucial to remember that whistleblowers are protected from retaliation. If it does occur, you may be eligible for compensation and other remedies in a retaliation claim.
Potential Whistleblower Retaliation Damages and Remedies
A retaliation claim may help undo some of the harm you’ve endured. Here are some examples of the damages and remedies that could be available in a whistleblower retaliation settlement:
- Reinstatement to your previous position: You can ask the court to order your employer to give your job back. You should also be reinstated at the same rate of pay.
- Front pay or lost future earnings: Sometimes, it isn’t feasible to return to your old job. In that case, you can seek the wages you will lose until you are able to secure a new position. Damage to your professional reputation can also call for lost future earnings.
- Back pay: You may have lost wages or benefits as a result of illegal retaliation. Often, you’ll be eligible to recover those losses. You may even be entitled to double back pay.
- Out-of-pocket expenses: Individuals who suffer retaliation often face sudden and unexpected costs, such as those incurred while searching for a new job. You can pursue reimbursement for these expenses during your whistleblower retaliation claim.
- Non-economic damages: You may have suffered in more ways than financial. Compensation is often available for things such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, injury to professional standing, loss of health, and other losses related to retaliation.
Get Free and Confidential Legal Help Today
James H. Shoemaker, Jr. has extensive experience with whistleblower and whistleblower retaliation claims. He’ll gladly listen to your unique situation and provide legal guidance during a free case evaluation. Remember, you don’t have to navigate this difficult time on your own.
Call 757-223-4580 to discuss your retaliation matter with our skilled lawyer. He serves clients from Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and throughout the United States.