Have you been fired or retaliated against at work for reporting illegal or unfair treatment by your employer? There are many different types of retaliation that are illegal, and our Kansas City employment lawyers can help you determine whether you have been victimized.
Federal law protects whistleblowers from being retaliated against by their employers. At Holman Schiavone, LLC, our Kansas City employment attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals engaged in whistleblower lawsuits and other employment law matters. We always stand up for the individual.
Whistleblower Retaliation and Your Rights
Under federal law, an employee cannot be fired, demoted or otherwise adversely treated for reporting harassment, discrimination or other illegal activities at the workplace. Also, employees cannot be retaliated against for refusing to engage in illegal activities at work.
An employee can be considered a whistleblower when he or she:
- Files a complaint of harassment or discrimination
- Files a wage and hour violation claim
- Reports safety violations
- Reports illegal activities by his or her company or a fellow employee
Additionally, employees can be retaliated against for simply exercising their workplace rights — taking Family and Leave Medical Act (FMLA) leave or time off for a pregnancy, for example.
If you have already reported illegal activity at your workplace or are considering doing so, it is important to consult with an experienced employment law attorney in Kansas City who can help you understand and exercise your rights.