Harrasment and Retaliation for whistle blowing

About 6 weeks ago I reported a manager for a theft I witnessed. I have since had my hours cut, been demoted, and blackballed for transfers. I even contacted the corporation itself, but the issues were never resolved. Becuase the workplace became so hostile I recently quit. Would that be considered retaliation or harrassment, and if so what should I do?

1 answer  |  asked Sep 1, 2007 3:17 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Frank Shooster

This is a textbook whistleblower retaliation case.

You can sue your employer for economic and emotional distress damages and legal fees.

Whether you would win is an entirely different question. The law is complex and difficult to navigate. Moreover they are often difficult to prove since few co-workers are prepared to risk their jobs to support you. People whose integrity you respect will clam up or claim to have poor memories. If you aren't working for a government agency, and you can prove that your former employer is blackballing you, you could also sue for punitive damages.

There are normally lots of reasons to act quickly in these kinds of cases, since witnesses and electronic evidence can disappear.

There are a several dozen laws which contain whistleblower protections, each with its own technicalities and deadlines for taking legal action. You should consult an attorney right away.

Frank Shooster

posted by Frank Shooster  |  Sep 1, 2007 7:27 PM [EST]

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