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Florida whistleblower protection: Things to know

Florida workers often find themselves in situations where they believe their employment law rights have been violated. Many whistleblower stories exist where people have come forward with evidence of corporate wrongdoing or retaliation in the workplace after reporting suspicious activity. This is a complex area of law, and defending one's rights regarding whistleblower protection issues can be stressful. It is best to learn as much as possible about such laws before filing a complaint.

Whistleblowing refers to reporting illegal activity or wrongdoing of a private or public employee. Such reports typically include allegations of fraud, waste or abuse. Florida has separate laws to protect private sector employees and public sector employees. 

Many times, whistleblower cases will intersect with other areas of law, such as contract issues, labor laws or civil rights protection laws. An employee must act in good faith when reporting a violation of the law within the workplace. Also, an employee filing a report must not have, in any way, participated in the activity in question. In many cases, a whistleblower will wind up cooperating in an official investigation of a specific incident.

An employee may wish to review a company policy handbook to learn more about specific whistleblower policies at his or her specific workplace. If a Florida worker is worried about whistleblower protection issues, he or she may reach out for legal support by scheduling a meeting with an attorney who is well-versed in employment laws. Such an attorney can review a particular case and recommend the best course of action regarding how to report wrongdoing and how to protect a worker's rights.  

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