The Fundamentals of Whistleblower Retaliation

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I read a sad story the other day about a man. For the sake of this article, let’s say this man’s name was Mike. Mike worked as a habilitative plan administrator at a psychiatric hospital. It was his job to come up with creating therapeutic plans for the patients at the hospital. One of his ideas involved having the patients prepare food at the hospital, and he was in charge of supervising this therapeutic exercise.

During supervision of the food preparation therapy, Mike noticed that some of the food his patients were preparing was expired and improperly stored. Immediately, Mike told his supervisor of the issues with the food. Unfortunately, after Mike notified his supervisor, other hospital staff, including his subordinates, began to treat him differently. Eventually, hospital administration demoted Mike from his position. Eventually, Mike’s employment was terminated.

After I read this story, I was frustrated and shocked at the injustice that befell Mike. I felt that there had to be some recourse. In my curiosity, I came across an article by The Melton Law Firm that explained a legal claim called employer retaliation. The article explained that employer retaliation occurs when an employer acts adversely toward an employee because the employee engaged in some legally protected activity. Retaliation manifests itself in negative treatment like a demotion, creating a hostile work environment or eventually, employment termination.

The article described one type of retaliation that fit Mike’s situation perfectly: whistleblower retaliation. Whistleblower retaliation occurs when an employer treats their employee differently because the employee brought to light some unlawful activity conducted by the employer. Ultimately, if an employee files a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against an employer, the employee may be entitled to compensation.

To me, the whistleblower retaliation legal claim makes a lot of sense. We want to encourage workers to report to their employers any problems happening internally. For the employer who was unaware of the issue brought to light, a whistleblower can encourage them to change or fix their policies to correct the problem. Moreover, the threat of a whistleblower lawsuit will discourage unlawful employers from keeping certain problems under wraps. For me, it seems like whistleblower retaliation legal claims encourage effective policy-making, transparency, and organized reporting schemes. Workers should not have to go to work every day with the fear that they will have the accept and implement a dangerous or unlawful company policy.

The whistleblower retaliation lawyers of The Melton Law Firm give people like Mike the justice they deserve. No one should be treated poorly at work simply because they brought to light some unlawful company policy. At the very worst, this gives sincere employees the safety net of compensation if their situation ultimately turns to unlawful termination because of employer retaliation. We need more whistleblowers to do what’s right, so we know that companies and organizations like Mike’s former hospital-employer, are implementing safe, lawful policies.

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