Being disciplined or fired for exercising your rights as an employee is not only upsetting; it is illegal. This is called retaliation and there are strict state and federal laws in place that prohibit such behaviors.
Lately we've been discussing the problem of workplace retaliation. A claim brought by a Nassau County sheriff's deputy raised the issue.
In one of our recent posts, we discussed the New York False Claims Act and the protections and incentives it provides to qui tam plaintiffs who blow the whistle on companies that defraud the government.
Attorneys at Serrins Fisher LLP represent employees who blow the whistle on employers who defraud the state or local government. In addition to prohibiting fraud, the New York State False Claims Act (NYS-FCA) offers protections and monetary incentives to whistleblowers.
Despite the common stereotype of employees who care little about their employers or doing a good job at work, many New York residents strive to be ethical, professional and efficient in the workplace. Some employees find themselves in positions where an employer is sacrificing health or safety to cut costs or simply because it is "easier." Although an employee who takes on the role of a whistleblower may be in for a fight, there are laws and legal mechanisms that help provide protection for retaliation and ensure that employee rights are safeguarded.