However, prior to making complaints of waste, fraud or abuse, whether to their employer or a government agency, employees need to be sure that their whistleblowing conduct will be protected by law. Consequently, it is critical that employees receive competent legal advice, both as to whether they are protected by Pennsylvania’s whistleblowing statute and whether the intended manner of their whistleblowing is protected by the statute. Littner, Deschler & Littner in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is an experienced group of attorneys who understand employment law.
Federal Law Protects Workers Who Report Misconduct
A number of federal statutes provide for whistleblower protection for individuals employed in private enterprises. The whistleblower protection provisions of a few of these statutes are listed below:
- Section 402 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (relating to employees of employers engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food who report violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act)
- Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act (relating to employees who report violations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by Congress in 2010)
- Section 1057 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (relating to employees who report violations of this financial reform law)
Notably, whistleblower protection statutes typically protect not only employees who report actual violations but also employees who report conduct that they reasonably believe to be violations. Therefore, an employee may be entitled to whistleblower protection if he is fired for reporting conduct by the employer that, while not an actual violation of the law or government regulation, nevertheless could reasonably be believed to be such as violation.
Schedule A Meeting With Skilled Attorneys
It is very important for an employee to know his or her rights in this complex area of the law. If you have concerns about whether your employer may be violating the law, consult an employment law attorney at Littner, Deschler & Littner in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, today to discuss your options and to ascertain whether you will be protected if you decide to engage in whistleblowing activity. We are here to help. You can also call us at 610-295-5328.