Whistleblower Retaliation Attorney
Whistleblowers help expose fraud, waste, and corruption. If you were fired, demoted, or otherwise punished for speaking out, your rights have been violated.
Whistleblowers throughout Texas can trust the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson to hold employers accountable for retaliation.
Learn how our law firm can help workers throughout the greater Allen, Plano, and Frisco, TX, area.
What Is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is an employee who brings ethical, financial, or other illegal activities to light. Whistleblowing typically involves employees of large public industries or government agencies.
Whistleblowers play an important role, identifying illegal activities that state and federal regulators have missed and would have otherwise gone unreported.
Whistleblowers are Protected from Retaliation Attorney Dan A. Atkerson Discusses Your Rights
Did You Know...
The term "whistleblower" dates back to the 19th century, when it simply referred to anyone who blows a whistle. In the early 20th century, the phrase "blow the whistle" began to be used metaphorically when someone brought wrongdoing to the public's attention. By the 1960s, the word "whistleblower" took on its modern connotation.
This whistleblower law protects public employees who report their employer's violations of the law to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
The employee must make this report in "good faith," meaning that the employee had a reasonable belief their employer's conduct broke some state or federal law.
Were You Fired for Whistleblowing? Contact the Law offices of Dan A. Atkerson
If you've been fired, demoted, or faced hardships at work for speaking out about fraud and corruption, you should contact the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson for legal help.
Practicing law for nearly four decades, Mr. Atkerson proudly stands with workers throughout Allen, Plano, Frisco, and surrounding communities. Offering free consultations and working on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to worry about any attorney fees unless we can reach a favorable resolution in your case.
To learn more about whistleblower protections and your rights as a worker, contact our law firm online. You can also reach our office by phone.
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Examples of Retaliation Adverse Actions
- Unwarranted disciplinary action
- Unfavorable change in job duties
- Poor performance reviews
- Failure to promote
- Refusal to grant a raise
- Refusal to grant vacation or sick time
- Unpaid overtime
- Denying benefits
- Harassment or intimidation
- Demotion or termination
How Common Is Workplace Retaliation?
Additional Numbers Worth Noting
It should be noted that the the pandemic reduced the number of retaliation charges in 2020 compared to previous years. In 2019, 39,110 retaliation charges were filed with the EEOC. In 2018, that number was 39,469.
FMLA Whistleblower Retaliation
Reporting Noncompliance with the FMLA
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees of qualifying companies to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave a year in order to address a serious health condition, or bond with a newborn or newly placed foster or adoptive child. The FMLA also covers caring for an ill or injured veteran or issues related to a family member's impending military deployment.
In addition to cases over FMLA denial, an employee may face retaliation for reporting their company's FMLA violations.
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Have you faced backlash from your employer for revealing illegal or unethical activities? Do you feel their actions were in violation of whistleblower protections? The Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson can help. We proudly stand with workers in the greater Allen, Plano, and Frisco, TX, area. Since we offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, you don't pay anything unless we can reach a favorable outcome in your whistleblower case.
For more information about whistleblower protections, contact our law firm online. You can also reach our team by phone.
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Who Is Protected from Retaliation? Individuals covered by workplace retaliation laws include those who:
- Opposed illegal practices
- Participated in proceedings or investigations related to a workplace's wrongdoing
- Requested accommodations related to the discrimination of a protected class
- Reported illegal activity in the workplace to the police, the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or other relevant agency
- Spoke out on acts of discrimination, harassment, or a hostile work environment
- Filed workplace discrimination complaints with the EEOC
- Has a close relationship with someone who has done any of the above
Proving Workplace Retaliation
What Do I Need for My Case to Be Successful?
Build a Paper Trail
If you feel that you have been retaliated against or are the target of impending retaliation, it's important that you document everything. Hold on to any relevant correspondence from your supervisors or co-workers related to your whistleblowing or any fallout from whistleblowing. If possible, make backups or copies of any emails, chats, phone calls, voice mails, or internal memos.
The evidence above will help prove there was a violation of federal or state whistleblower protections. Proving cause and effect can be challenging since companies may claim there were other factors that contributed to an employee's firing, demotion, or denial of benefits.
Temporal proximity simply refers to the amount of time between a whistleblower reporting violations and the retaliatory actions against the whistleblower. The shorter the amount of time between the whistleblower's report and the retaliation, the easier it may be to prove causation.
Attorney Dan A. Atkerson's Story What He Brings to Every Employment Law Case
Why Choose Our Law Firm?
Serving Texas Since 1984Mr. Atkerson was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1984. Since that time, he's accumulated decades of knowledge related to whistleblower retaliation and whistleblower protections.
Serving a Diverse Range of ClientsMr. Atkerson's past clients include employees of Fortune 500 companies. His understanding of different industries can help identify different forms of retaliation for whistleblowing.
Offering Free Initial ConsultationsOur law firm takes the pressure off of you. There is no initial cost just to tell us your story. We are here to listen. We will let you know if we will take your case without charging an initial fee.
Working on a Contingency Fee BasisIf we take your case, you won't pay us unless your whistleblower lawsuit is successfully resolved. We want you to focus on your current and future needs, not on how you'll pay your attorney.
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