What are my rights as a whistleblower?

| Jul 10, 2019 | Uncategorized |

If you discover your employer is doing something illegal or something that could harm you and your fellow workers in Michigan, then you have the right to report it to the proper authorities. Many times, people fear doing this, though. They do not want to lose their job or face backlash from their employer, so they say nothing. This can lead to serious consequences if the employer’s bad deeds are not discovered. The good news is that if you do report your employer, you have some protection against any type of retaliation.

Someone who reports something negative about his or her employer is a whistleblower. As such, there are protection programs set in place by the government to ensure whistleblowers do not face backlash for doing the right thing, according to the United States Department of Labor.

If you file a report on your employer, typically, your identity is kept secret. However, there are still ways the employer may find out who made the report. If your employer does discover it was you, you have legal protection against your employer firing you. He or she cannot take any negative actions, such as cutting your hours or denying you a promotion. Your employer also cannot subject you to harassment or try to intimidate you. Any negative action your employer may try to “punish” you for your actions is against the law.

You have the right to report any such retaliation as well. This will start an investigation into your employer. This information is for education only and is not legal advice.