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There are protections available to Florida whistleblowers

When employees observe their employers committing some type of wrongdoing, they may be unsure of what to do next. Reporting fraud and various other types of illegal activities is important, but Florida whistleblowers know there could be repercussions professionally if they speak out about what they saw. This is why there are laws in place that protect the rights and interests of those who bring attention to illegal activities in their place of work.

Protections and rights of Florida whistleblowers

A person has the right to report wrongdoing that is happening in a Florida workplace. Fraud and other deceptive or illegal practices are unacceptable, but employees may fear what will happen to them if they speak out. There are laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation from their employers, and it may be appropriate for an employee to take legal action if he or she experiences mistreatment.

Tesla faces three whistleblower complaints

Florida residents might be interested in learning about some whistleblower tips against Tesla that have been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The whistleblowers are three former employees of the company, including two security professionals and one technician.

OSC reminds federal agencies about new whistleblower laws

The protections afforded to federal workers in Florida and around the country who report fraud or other wrongdoing were strengthened when President Trump signed the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act and the Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization Act into law. The laws require disciplinary procedures to be revised and more thorough training to be provided about the consequences of whistleblower retaliation, and the OSC dispatched three memoranda to federal agencies on Feb. 1 to remind them about both their new and existing responsibilities.

Supreme Court to bring clarity to whistleblower protection

A Supreme Court case could clarify the legal protections for whistleblowers. The ruling could help employees in Florida understand their rights when they believe that they need to report corporate misconduct. The case involves a former employee of a real estate investment trust. He claimed that he was fired after reporting violations of Sarbanes-Oxley securities laws to senior management.

Employers break law when retaliating against whistleblowers

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act extends specific legal protections to employees in Florida who complain about wrongdoing at their places of employment. Many types of negative actions by employers meant to punish whistleblowers potentially qualify as retaliation, including termination, demotion, harassment, constructive discharge and outing.

Acting as a whistleblower in the workplace

Florida employees might have heard about whistleblowers in the news and wondered what protections could be available for them if they have observed something illegal in their workplace. Different industries have different standards and offer different protections. However, there are a few overall rules that most employees should observe.

Whistleblower watchdog accused of altering retaliation reports

Boca Raton residents may be interested to learn that a U.S. senator has accused the Pentagon's internal watchdog office of changing the results of whistleblower retaliation investigations. The allegations were made on April 27.

Amtrak employee wins whistleblower retaliation case

Florida residents may be interested to learn about a workplace discrimination case involving an Amtrak whistleblower. In early January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a statement confirming that a longtime Amtrak employee had been awarded $892,551 in damages after he was fired for raising safety concerns. OSHA also ordered Amtrak to reinstate the employee to his former position or to an equivalent one.

Protections for whistleblowers

As Florida workers probably know, employees who report actions by an employer that are illegal have protection under the law against adverse consequences of so doing. Protections may include not only being fired from the job because of that action but other consequences such as harassment or other ways of retaliation.

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