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Conditions worsened for VA whistleblowers

If we see something going on that is not right or is possibly illegal, we have the urge to speak out or report it. While it is in our nature to do what we believe is right, taking these steps in the workplace could unfortunately lead to difficult situations. If an employer discovers that you have reports unlawful conduct or procedures in the workplace, this might lead to retaliation such as a demotion or termination. However, such acts are considered illegal and in violation of whistleblower protection laws.

Stiffer penalties for those with whistleblower complaints

As a previous post discussed, blowing the whistle on an employer is not an easy situation for employees in Iowa and elsewhere to be in. However, whistleblowers should note that they serve a vital role in society. Without them, there would be waste, fraud and abuse by private and government employees. Because of that, rules and regulations have been passed to protect these individuals from retaliation and harassment, helping them overcome the fear of blowing the whistle.

Understanding whistleblower protections

Employees in Iowa and elsewhere do not expect to observe or experience uncomfortable or illegal situations. Unfortunately, some employees are asked to carry out activities that are in violation of rules, regulations and laws, and in other situations, employees observe or uncover these illegal acts. This can be the cause of an unwanted and overwhelming situation because an employee is torn on what he or she should do. The ultimate fear is that if an employee speaks out, reporting the information he or she has uncovered, the employee will be fired.

Answers to questions SEC whistleblowers may have

In our experience in representing whistleblowers in securities cases, we have found that our clients have a number of important questions they need answers to prior to becoming clients. We understand that we must be counselors at law just as much as we are advocates. As such, Because of this, we find it helpful to answer some of the common threshold questions that potential whistleblowers may have.