What to Do After Blowing the Whistle


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A “whistleblower” is usually an employee who discloses information about illegal, improper, unsafe, unlawful, fraudulent, or legally prohibited activities within a company or other public or private organization.

Deciding to blow the whistle can be difficult. The employer or company may retaliate in ways which can hurt your reputation, your job, and relationships. This is where skilled whistleblower attorneys in Michigan can help. Employers have no right to treat their employees unfairly, or fire them unjustly. If you have been treated unjustly for doing the right thing, then you need to call an attorney to defend your rights.

What are the rights of a Whistleblower?
There are many federal and state laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation from their employer after providing evidence of illegal business practices. As a worker you have a right to file a complaint against your employer if they retaliate. Depending on the circumstance of the case, you have a limited amount of time after the retaliation to file your complaint. For this reason, it is important to contact an attorney who is familiar with these laws and statutes of limitations.

It is also against the law in Michigan, for an employer to fire employees for reporting unlawful business practices. At Gafkay Law PLC, we specialize in workplace discrimination and retaliation cases. Attorney Julie A. Gafkay will protect and defend your rights, help you file everything on time, and guide you through the legal process, giving you an ally in your corner.

What should you do after blowing the whistle?

Contact an attorney:
Unfortunately, many people only contact an attorney once they have received a wrongful termination, or after they have been a victim of retaliation. The sooner you contact a whistleblower attorney in Michigan the better. It is best to call an attorney before taking any action, because then then they can give you valuable advice on how to proceed.

Take notes:
Keep track of anything that could lead to retaliation. Legally document evidence, facts, or potential witnesses. This information can be extremely helpful to your case.

Do not publicize your case:
Aside from contacting your attorney, you should not go public about your case. Avoid commenting about the situation on your social media, or telling other people at work. Venting may make you feel better at the time, but in many cases can make the situation worse. It is best to keep things confidential or anonymous.

How can an attorney help?
A skilled whistleblower attorney in Michigan will know the laws of your state an be able to advise you in your specific situation. They can defend your rights as an employee. If wrongfully terminated, an attorney can even help you receive:

  • Compensation for damages
  • Reinstatement of your previous position at your employer with the same pay and benefits you previously received
  • Restitution – Compensation for Lost Wages – dating back from your termination date to the date of the verdict
  • Compensation for Legal Fees

For more information about whistleblowers, and how we can help you with your case, contact a knowledgeable attorney at Gafkay Law PLC today.