Ensuring Your Employment Rights Are Protected
Bad business practices can harm many people. When executives at a company
make an unethical or unlawful decision, it is important that someone speak
up and tell the truth about it. While it takes a lot of courage to do
so, there are laws in place that protect people who blow the whistle.
You need to feel protected when you do the right thing, and MAS Law can
help you ensure your right to do so is safe. We help clients all throughout
the nation with issues involving whistleblowing. If you were targeted
for retaliation following your report of bad practices, call us for a
Protect your rights as a worker by calling the whistleblowing lawyer at
MAS Law today. Dial (972) 460-9339 or
contact us online.
Laws Protecting Whistleblowers in Texas
Whistleblowers are protected by various laws in the state of Texas. Under
Texas statute, a public employee is protected from being suspended, terminated, or otherwise
having any adverse personnel action taken against him or her who in “good
faith reports a violation of law by the employing governmental entity
or another public employee to an appropriate law enforcement authority.”
This applies to public employees of counties, cities, public school districts,
or other special-purpose authorities. Under this law, public employees
have 90 days after the date of the illegal action or the date when they
discovered it to file their claims against their employer.
Federal employees are protected under the federal
Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012. This 1989 Act
was passed to “strengthen and improve protection for the rights
of federal employees, to prevent reprisals, and to help eliminate wrongdoing
within the Government.” Under this Act, federal employees can report
government misconduct such as violations of federal laws, fraud, gross
mismanagement, public health or safety dangers, waste of government funds,
and abuses of authority to an Office of Special Counsel. Proving these
types of misconduct involves providing authentic and solid knowledge of
the observed misconduct. However, employees of certain federal agencies
are not covered under this law, such as intelligence agencies, the U.S.
Postal Service, and others.
Under the 1989 Act, federal employees can also report retaliation imposed
against them by their employers for such whistleblowing disclosures. Adverse
actions taken against an employee in these claims can include termination,
transfer, promotion denial, demotion, substantial change in work duties,
pay cut, and more. The
Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 was passed by Congress to reinforce and strengthen the original 1989 Act.
Keeping Employers Accountable
White-collar crimes are fairly common, but always ill-advised. When an
executive makes a decision that negatively influences the entire company,
everyone’s livelihood is put at stake. Employees should speak out
and report the issue. However, they don’t have to do so without a plan.
MAS Law can help employees plan their case and protect their career.
Through effective planning, we can help:
- Gather important evidence
- Strategize about who to tell
- Plan what you will say and how to respond to any pushback
If you are considering reporting unlawful business practices, speak with
an attorney about how to proceed.
Dealing with Retaliation
Whistleblower protections are put in place to keep employees safe from
angry bosses. Retaliation is against the law, but that doesn’t stop
many employers from terminating their employees following reports of illegal
practices. If this happened to you, you may be entitled to compensation.
The statute of limitations on whistleblowing cases is two years, so you
have a brief window in which to build a strong case and begin planning
your legal strategy. With decades spent litigating cases, the whistleblower
protections attorney at MAS Law understands how to help you demonstrate
the damages you suffered.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Lost wages and back pay
- Reinstatement of your previous job title
- Attorney fees and other necessary expenses
Call (972) 460-9339 Today
MAS Law commends you for your willingness to stand up against unlawful
business practices, and we are here to be by your side throughout the
proceedings of your case. Get started with a free initial consultation
and learn more about how to get started.
Dial (972) 460-9339 now and
speak with a employment lawyer.