A whistleblower is someone who reports wrongdoing, fraud, corruption, or waste. If you are a whistleblower, you have certain rights.
Learn more about whistleblowing at the Workplace Fairness website.
I am being harassed by other workers
Sometimes fellow workers will harass a whistleblower because they are upset that the whistleblower has made a report. If you are being harassed by other workers because of a report you made, you should tell your supervisor or boss.
If the harassment is very bad, it might be abuse. Abuse can be any of the following:
- Forced physical contact
- Forced sexual contact
Abuse is a crime. You should report it to the police.
I am being harassed by my boss
The same rules above apply to your boss. Your boss cannot abuse you, even if it's for something other than whistleblowing.
Your boss also cannot transfer you, demote you, or retaliate against you for reporting information to a government or law enforcement agency, when you believe your employer is breaking the law. This is a crime.
If your boss retaliates against you for whistleblowing, you might be able to sue your employer in court. You can do so to try to get your job back, to collect back pay, and to collect the amount of any damages that came about because of the violation, such as attorneys' fees and court costs.
If you feel that your employer has retaliated against you because of your whistleblowing, you should talk to a lawyer.
Updated: November 2016