This is the next post in our series on the wrongful termination of those who work for the U.S. government. Our last article discussed the wrongful termination of federal employees who were discriminated against. If you believe your rights were violated then it is crucial that you speak with an employment law attorney as soon as possible given that you only have a limited amount of time in which you may file a claim. In this article we will discuss the protections afforded those who report government wrongdoing, otherwise known as “whistleblowers.” Our federal employment law lawyers help those who have been fired for blowing the whistle.
Whistleblowing occurs when one reports legal violations to the appropriate authorities or regulatory agencies. Properly reporting such wrongdoing is protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act. A federal agency violates this act if it takes, or threatens to take, retaliatory action against a worker who properly reported misconduct. It is important to understand, however, that this law protects those who properly report their observations. If one takes their reporting outside of the proper channels then they may be subject to termination or even prosecution depending on the circumstances. If you wish to report illegal conduct of a federal agency then it is crucial to go through the appropriate channels.
The process of filing a complaint for termination over whistleblowing is similar to that of a discrimination case. It will be necessary to show that you were actually terminated due to your reporting and not for some other reason. If, for example, you have been properly reprimanded multiple times, were habitually late, and your employer took all the proper steps in reporting these issues then it may be difficult to show that the termination was a form of retaliation. If, however, it is shown that your conduct was no different than that of your co-workers then you may have a strong argument that your firing was in fact retaliation for your having blown the whistle on wrongdoing. Such cases will always be situation specific and it is crucial that you retain an attorney to assist you with such matters.
Contact our Atlanta office today to speak to our federal employment law lawyers. Teri Fields and Danielle Obiorah have extensive experience in such matters and assist employees throughout the United States. We understand that bringing a claim against the government is time sensitive and we will meet with you immediately to hear your side of the story. Our attorneys will be in regular contact with you so that you know what to expect as the process moves forward, will quickly respond to your phone calls and emails, and will make themselves readily available to answer your questions. We understand that you are dealing with a serious situation and we will take it seriously. Contact us today.