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How whistleblowers can remain protected in the workplace

While many New Yorkers may know that whistleblowers are supposed to be protected in the workplace, they might not specifically know what their employee rights are in this situation. There are a number of different laws that protect whistleblowers, and some are specific to certain industries or dependent on context. For this reason, employees might want to begin by consulting an attorney even if they plan to try to resolve the issue in the workplace.

In fact, trying to resolve an issue in the workplace may be the first step. Most companies and government agencies have a process in place for whistleblowers who need to make a report. The employee should document everything in writing and should avoid talking to others about the issue. This includes not posting on social media. An employee's actions must be "protected activity" in order to get whistleblower protection meaning the information should not be widely shared.

However, it is possible that the company will not respond satisfactorily to the allegations. The employee should then gather evidence, but it should only be evidence that supports the accusations. This means the employee cannot take proprietary information or information that is not relevant to the case. If an employee's whistleblowing results in the government recovering money, the employee might receive a portion of that recovery.

Legal counsel could help employees understand what type of information they can take while still remaining protected and work out a strategy for reporting the employer's actions. Examples of whistleblowing that an employee might report could include some kind of financial fraud. If the whistleblowing employee faces retaliation for reporting an employer's illegal activity, an attorney could also be of assistance.

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