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Protections against retaliation for whistleblowers in Florida

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Wrongful Termination |

Whistleblowers play an important role in exposing wrongdoing. In Florida, several laws protect them from retaliation.

The Florida Whistleblower Act protects employees who report illegal activities. This law applies to public and private employees and covers actions like reporting violations of laws, rules or regulations to a government agency. If an employer retaliates, the whistleblower can sue for damages.

Public sector whistleblowers

Public sector employees have specific protections. Florida Statutes Section 112.3187 protects employees of state agencies and local governments. It ensures they can report violations without fear. Retaliation can include firing, demotion, or any adverse employment action. Affected employees can seek reinstatement, back pay and attorney’s fees.

Private sector whistleblowers

Private sector employees also have protection. Florida Statutes Section 448.102 covers private employees. It prohibits retaliation against employees who disclose illegal activities. This law allows employees to report internally or to an external agency. If an employer retaliates, the employee can file a lawsuit. Remedies include reinstatement, back pay and compensation for damages.

Federal protections

Federal laws also protect Florida whistleblowers. The Occupational Safety and Health Act protects those reporting workplace safety violations. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act protects employees of publicly traded companies who report financial fraud. The False Claims Act rewards and protects those who expose fraud against the government. These laws provide additional layers of protection.

Reporting and legal actions

Whistleblowers should follow proper channels when reporting. Documentation is necessary to prove retaliation. Consulting with an employment attorney can help navigate these laws. Attorneys can provide guidance on the proper course of action. They can also help whistleblowers understand their rights and protections.

Whistleblower protections maintain integrity and accountability. These laws ensure that employees can report wrongdoing without fear. Understanding these protections can help whistleblowers stand up for what is right.