Righting wrongs can mean tricky business…
Whistleblowers, or employees who report legal violations by their employers, are protected by laws on both the federal and state levels to keep them from retaliation or harassment. These laws can also protect workers from unfair terminations or being pressured to resign through unlawful tactics, known as constructive discharge.
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State and Federal Protection
The Florida Whistleblower Act protects employees who report a wide variety of violations by their employers, including improper use of authority, gross neglect, and abuse of duty or gross waste of funds.
Employees who report violations of laws, rules, and regulations, that are dangerous to the health, safety, and welfare of the public can also find protection under this law.
Congress also has passed federal laws to protect whistleblowers, including the Clean Air Act, the Affordable Care Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”). OSHA specifically handles complaints under 17 different federal laws.
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These laws include provisions under workplace health and safety, federal rail safety, pipeline safety and consumer product safety. The Supreme Court has also upheld that federal protection may not supersede state statutes and consumer law protections.
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Florida’s Whistleblower Act protects employees from objecting to or refusing to participate in illegal activity, giving written notice to employer of intent to disclose illegal activity and also cooperating with authorities investigating illegal activity.
The law includes many exceptions, and whistleblowers need a knowledgeable lawyer to explain how these issues affect the individual situation.
The effects can be long term. Employees who report employer wrongdoings could also risk damage to their own reputations and impact possible future employment.
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Richard Celler is here to help…
Richard Celler is known as the Florida Overtime Lawyer. He currently works as the managing partner of Richard Celler Legal, P.A. and was previously the founding member and managing partner of one of the largest employee and plaintiff side employment law divisions in the country.
In November 2013, Mr. Celler opened a litigation firm that would focus on the needs and attention of his clients, including those involved in whistleblower scenarios and other wage and hour litigation (overtime, minimum wage, commissions, and final paychecks).
Mr. Celler offers free consultations so potential clients can call or e-mail to discuss their cases. Representation is handled on a contingency basis, where Mr. Celler is only paid if the clients are paid. Take a look at the website and know how to protect yourself. www.floridaovertimelawyer.com.
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