Compensation For Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

No one wants to be a whistleblower — an employee who reports to the government or a government agency that his or her employer has acted illegally. People become whistleblowers because something seems very wrong, and they cannot in good conscience ignore it.

When an employee blows the whistle, many employers hit back hard. They may fire the employee, causing great economic harm. They may demote or cut the employee's pay. They may damage the whistleblower's reputation, planting incriminating information in the employee's file. The employee may be transferred to a remote location or passed up for promotion. Colleagues no longer talk to the employee. Many believe the whistleblower is the bad guy.

Most Whistleblower Retaliation Is Illegal

The employment law attorneys at Doda McGeeney of Rochester, Minnesota, file claims when whistleblowers are targeted for retaliation. Common whistleblower situations include Rochester area companies involved in:

  • Medicare or Medicaid billing fraud
  • Overbilling or coding
  • Financial and accounting irregularities
  • Construction contract fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Misappropriation or misuse of company funds
  • Environmental violations
  • Accepting or offering kickbacks or illegal perks
  • Safety concerns

You can be a whistleblower without ever blowing the whistle. When you refuse to engage in your employer's unlawful or unethical conduct, that passive response may entitle you to whistleblower protection under the law.

If you are being retaliated against because you reported questionable matters to your employer or legal authorities, we would like to discuss your claim and how we can help you. Give our employment lawyers a call at 507-218-2399 — or briefly describe your situation using this email form.