Whistleblowers

Minnesota Whistleblower Lawyers

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a company or employer to react negatively against someone who speaks out or takes action against them.

An employee may report their company to a government agency about things that are going on within the company.

The company may retaliate by disciplining the employee. They may also harass them or even fire them because of their actions.

Even worse, they may wait a few weeks to make sure that it doesn’t look like it is because of their whistleblowing, which makes it hard to prove.

What is a whistleblower?

The main reason you could be considered a whistleblower is if you report illegal behavior to certain agencies. These include:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (otherwise known as the EEOC)
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (otherwise known as OSHA)
  • Department of Labor
  • Local government
  • Others within the company
  • Among others

You may also be considered a whistleblower if you cooperated with law enforcement in any government investigations.

What retaliation may I face as a whistleblower?

Retaliation comes in many forms. Some are easier to tell because they happen right away while other companies may wait awhile, so it doesn’t look like you were in trouble due to whistleblowing.

Retaliation may look like any of the following:

  • Discrimination or harassment
  • Being singled out for unfair treatment
  • Unpaid leaves of absence
  • Docked pay
  • Withholding benefits
  • Withholding time off
  • Termination

Why do you need a lawyer if you are facing retaliation?

If you no longer feel safe at your job (or you have been terminated), you may have a case as a whistleblower. However, the best way to determine that is by seeking the advice of an experienced lawyer.

He or she will be happy to discuss your case and your options. If you do decide to go through with your case, your lawyer will work hard to protect your rights as an employee.

In fact, you are going to need someone on your side throughout this complex process as you try to prove that your consequences were due to the fact that you talked to someone about your company or employer. This can be really hard to prove so you need an experienced lawyer to help you through this difficult time.

Why should you contact us if you are a whistleblower who is facing retaliation?

If you want to win your case and get your job reinstated (or lost wages), you need an experienced lawyer. You need someone who is willing to fight aggressively to make sure that you are being treated fairly.

You can find that lawyer here at Villaume & Schiek, P.A. We are located in Bloomington, Minnesota, and we are ready to fight for you. Every one of our lawyers is ready to advocate for you. They will work hard to find a way to connect your protected action to the actions of your employer.

It isn’t easy to prove retaliation against whistleblowers, but our lawyers are up to the challenge. They will gather enough evidence to find a connection between your whistleblowing and reaction of your employer. Our lawyers are skilled and highly knowledgeable when it comes to finding the smallest details and building a strong case.

We have the skill and experience to fight for you, working to reinstate your position or pay. In fact, we can safely say that, in most cases, we are able to get your job back. We may also be able to get your backpay caught up.

Are you facing retaliation after talking to someone about your job?

If you believe that you have been retaliated against for being a whistleblower, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact us. We will schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers who specialize in whistleblowing. We will be able to sit down with you to discuss your case and figure out how you want to proceed.

To schedule your arrange an initial consultation, please contact our office today at (952) 851-9500 or visit us online.