Silver Spring Whistleblower Lawyer
Handling Whistleblower Violations in Silver Springs, MD
You have the right to speak up if something isn’t right at work – without the fear of retaliation. If you report issues relating to employee safety, consumer product and food safety, environmental protection, fraud and financial issues, health insurance, or transportation services, you are entitled to whistleblower protections from the federal government.
This means your employer may not retaliate against you for exercising your rights, and if they do, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) or another federal agency will enforce whistleblower statutes with fines and penalties. If the federal government files a lawsuit against your employer for their wrongdoing, you may also be entitled to some of the resulting settlement or verdict as a reward for your service.
Additionally, a Silver Spring whistleblower attorney can help you recover the financial losses you suffered from doing the right thing. Emejuru Law can handle your case with confidence and extensive courtroom experience.
To learn more about what our firm can do for you, call us at (240) 607-5552 or send us a message online.
What Wrongdoing Should You Report as a Whistleblower?
If you wish to come forward as a whistleblower, however, your report must have something to do with:
- Employee safety
- Consumer product and food safety
- Environmental protection
- Fraud and financial issues
- Health insurance
- Transportation services
The federal government protects whistleblowers because whistleblowers protect public safety and the best interests of the United States.
Always report your employer’s behavior if it puts you, another employee, or the public at risk.
Our silver spring whistleblower lawyer can guide you through the reporting process – and help you should your employer choose to retaliate.
How Do You Know If Your Employer Has Retaliated Against You?
Usually, retaliation is obvious. You might discuss your concerns with your employer one day and get fired the next, or the retaliation may be more subtle (getting assigned unpleasant tasks or getting the cold shoulder from coworkers). As the DOL and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explain:
“Retaliation occurs when an employer (through a manager, supervisor, or administrator) fires an employee or takes any other type of adverse action against an employee for engaging in protected activity.”
Examples of adverse actions include:
- Getting fired or laid off
- Getting demoted
- Losing a promotion or potential job
- Having your wages or hours reduced or changed
- Getting reassigned to a less favorable job or assignments
- Being excluded from employment activities (meetings, trainings, etc.)
- Isolation, ostracizing, and mocking
- False accusations of poor performance
- Making conditions so bad you are forced to quit (constructive discharged)
- Blacklisting (when your employer interferes with your ability to work in your industry)
In severe cases, your employer may even report you or your family members to the police or immigration attorneys.
This is why it is so important to file a whistleblower complaint and take advantage of federal whistleblower protections. Some situations may even call for more immediate protection.
Emejuru Law would be proud to represent and protect you at any stage of your whistleblower complaint.
How Do You File a Report a Whistleblower Violation?
Filing a whistleblower complaint is crucial to protecting your rights. Your lawyer can help you bring your issue to the federal government’s attention, or you can file a complaint online.
You can also call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) to file your complaint or ask questions about the process.
In emergencies, fatalities, or life-threatening situations, do not report your complaint online. Instead, call OSHA directly at 1-800-321-6742 or 1-877-889-5627.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
The DOL and its respective agencies enforce whistleblower complaints as quickly as they can. Unfortunately, whistleblowers often need more immediate assistance, especially because their livelihoods are on the line.
You can make it through the whistleblower process without a lawyer, but we don’t recommend it. Instead of waiting weeks, months, or years to get the assistance and compensation you need, you can start pursuing justice immediately by hiring an attorney.
If you need urgent legal help or even just guidance and advice throughout the whistleblower complaint process, Emejuru Law is here for you.
Ikechukwu Emejuru has been working for clients like you for more than 10 years, and he has resolved hundreds of cases – inside and outside of the courtroom.
For an attorney with strategic knowledge and a fresh perspective, look no further than Mr. Emejuru and our team at Emejuru Law.
Call us at (240) 607-5552 or contact us online to schedule your consultation and start moving forward from your whistleblower violation today.