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 consultation.
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.
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