Ohio Whistleblower Claim Attorneys
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Whistleblowers serve an important role in society. They courageously take a stand against corruption and other types of criminal activity in the workplace. Unfortunately, some businesses don’t appreciate it when whistleblowers report illegal activity at their companies. Instead of applauding them, some companies fire whistleblowers for speaking out.
Strict state and federal laws prohibit employers from firing whistleblowers or retaliating against them in other ways, including demoting them or passing them over for promotion. That doesn’t stop some companies from trying to punish whistleblowers. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated in response for being a whistleblower, you have rights, and we can fight for them.
Our experienced whistleblower attorneys at Gibson Law, LLC have represented many whistleblowers throughout Ohio. As a result, we have an in-depth understanding of the state and federal laws governing wrongful termination cases involving whistleblowers, including the False Claims Act and qui tam law.
Attorneys Bradley L. and Angela J. Gibson previously represented employers in a wide range of employment law cases. As a result, we know how employers think and what strategies often work best when fighting for employees’ rights. You can count on us when it matters most.
What are common whistleblower complaints?
A whistleblower is a term used to describe someone who reports illegal activity committed by a business or someone doing business with a company. Many whistleblower complaints involve illegal financial activity, including bribes or financial corruption. However, a whistleblower complaint can potentially involve any illegal activity at work, including:
- Financial fraud (bribes, corruption, double billing, etc.)
- Tax fraud (underpayment of taxes, non payment of taxes, etc.)
- Environmental regulations violations
- Workplace safety or health violations, including unsafe working conditions
- Healthcare fraud (including Medicaid fraud, Medicare fraud, etc.)
- Government fraud (including defense contractor fraud)
- Retaliation for participating in or joining a labor organization
These are just some of the reasons why many whistleblowers report illegal activity in the workplace. Whatever type of whistleblower case you’re dealing with in Ohio, it’s critical that you fully understand your rights and responsibilities. That’s why it’s important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible.
Can a company fire a whistleblower?
No. Companies cannot – and should not – fire someone for reporting illegal activity in the workplace. There are many state and federal laws that specifically protect the rights of whistleblowers who file a complaint involving criminal activity.
Some of the federal rules and regulations that protect the rights of whistleblowers include the Whistleblower Protection Act, the False Claims Act and qui tam law. Other additional federal laws include the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which apply primarily to whistleblower complaints involving violations of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and regulations.
In addition, Ohio also has many laws created specifically to protect the rights of whistleblowers, including Ohio Code 4113.52. The bottom line is employees that have been fired for filing a whistleblower complaint should not take their employer’s word that they have the right to do so. Wrongfully terminated workers have rights and an experienced lawyer can fight for them.
Can a whistleblower sue an employer for wrongful termination?
In many cases, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated for being a whistleblower. Your right to sue as a whistleblower falls under several rules and regulations, including the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Just because you have the right to file a lawsuit or take other legal action against your employer does not mean your legal case will be simple or straightforward. In many cases, whistleblower lawsuits turn out to be complex legal cases. That’s because employers often hire attorneys to defend their actions.
Make sure your whistleblower lawsuit receives the attention and respect it deserves. Make sure you talk to an experienced attorney who can explain your rights and help you build the strongest possible legal case.
We know the law and know how to get results. Contact us.
Experience matters when it comes to hiring a whistleblower attorney. That’s why many people in Ohio choose Gibson Law, LLC to represent them. We have years of experience handling complex legal cases – for employers and employees. That’s why we’re consistently able to build strong cases on behalf of workers that have been wrongfully terminated simply for filing a whistleblower complaint.
You didn’t do anything wrong. If you have been fired in retaliation for filing a whistleblower complaint, contact us for a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have office locations in Cincinnati and Dayton.