From our offices in the Detroit area, Akeel & Valentine, PLC serves clients nationwide.

From our offices in the Detroit area, Akeel & Valentine, PLC serves clients nationwide.

Understanding Your Fundamental Rights as a Whistleblower

by | Mar 3, 2017 | Uncategorized

Whistleblower cases in the U.S have been on the rise in recent years. Based on suspicious conduct, an employee may take up the initiative to report an employer suspected of engaging in unlawful actions and consequently benefitting from them. Whistleblowers are brave people in most cases. After all, it takes an incredible amount of courage to expose an employer especially when they handpicked you for a highly sought post.

Despite witnessing unethical actions on a regular basis, an employee might feel conflicted about the right thing to do. It is understandable you don’t want to jeopardize your only job especially now that you need it the most. On the other hand, standing by and witnessing a crime doesn’t sit well with you. Picking the right decision in such a dilemma can be tricky.

Having made the bold step of reporting your employer, it’s only safe to assume they will consider it as a betrayal and terminate your employment sooner rather than later. Fortunately, your rights as a whistleblower against wrongful termination have been safeguarded by Michigan law. In most cases, a mole case can be covered by more than one law depending on the exact nature of the crime in question. They may find comfort under contract law or tort in an attempt to protect them from whistleblower retaliation.

As a whistleblower, specified laws have been enacted to protect you for speaking out against unlawful activities and possible retaliation from your employer. With such laws, you are not only empowered to report suspicious activities, but your safety is also guaranteed by the Witness Protection Act. Exposing a fraudulent employer can be a daunting task, to say the least. As a requirement for filing whistleblower claims, you must have been an employee at the specified workplace during the exact duration the crime was committed. In addition, you must possess adequate proof that can instigate an investigation into the alleged crimes.

As a victim of wrongful termination, make it your mission to seek remedies from the guilty party with the aid of the Justice system. As an informer, you might be prevented from filing both a common law and administrative claim depending on the exact precedent enforced. The wrongful termination case should have a direct link with the recently presented evidence.

Before matters get out of control, contact an experienced Michigan whistleblower attorney for representation.