26. Retaliation and Whistleblowing

"He who speaks the truth must have one foot in the stirrup."
Turkish Proverb

Read our Newsletters and Q & A’s:

i. Protecting Yourself

  1. NL 1: “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – A Primer for Employees”
  2. NL 2: Fired Compliance Officer Strikes Back – Is Awarded $51 Million for Doing So
  3. NL 3: Seen Accounting Fraud? New and Powerful “Whistleblower” Protections for Employees
  4. NL 4: Ten Ways to Avoid Being Made a Corporate Scapegoat
  5. NL 5: Your Employer’s “Speak Out” Policy May Give You a “Mini-Employment Contract”
  6. QA 1: “As an HR Manager, if I report apparent misconduct, am I protected if the apparent wrongdoer retaliates against me?”
  7. QA 2: “Does the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or other laws, protect lower-level employees of not-for-profits?”
  8. QA 3: “How can I prevent being blamed for misconduct by former colleagues?”
  9. QA 4: Boss is lying on her time sheets. How do I report it?
  10. QA 5: “After reporting our boss for improper behavior, what can we do to prevent being retaliated against?”
  11. QA 6: “If I file a complaint against a colleague, can HR turn it around and blame me?”
  12. QA 7: “Will submitting a Performance Review rebuttal backfire?”

ii. Is this Retaliation?

  1. QA 1: “Does the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or other laws, protect lower-level employees of not-for-profits?”
  2. QA 2: “How can I prove I’ve been retaliated against?”
  3. QA 3: “Is there a law that prevents my employer from firing me for coming forward and submitting a complaint against my manager?”
  4. QA 4: “Is what happened to me illegal ‘Retaliation’?”
  5. QA 5: “Can my boss legally replace me with his girlfriend?”
  6. QA 6: “Does this sound like I have a case of discrimination?”
  7. QA 7: “Does what happened to me sound like a Disability Discrimination and Retaliation claim under federal law?”
  8. QA 8: “Is it retaliation to have your company car, company laptop and company cell phone taken away during a FMLA leave of absence?”

iii. How to Respond

  1. NL 1: Retaliated Against At Work for Doing What’s “Right?” Courts and Juries are Now on Your Side
  2. NL 2: “Interview After Employee Files a Complaint – 26 Pointers for Attending the Meeting”
  3. QA 1: “After a Complaint, the Employer’s Legal Duties to Separate and Protect.”
  4. QA 2: “Directed by my employer to discriminate; what can I do?”
  5. QA 3: “How can I prove retaliation has occurred?”
  6. QA 4: “How should I report a sadistic manager / bully boss?”
  7. QA 5: “I fear the consequences of filing a complaint; any suggestions?”
  8. QA 6: “I’ve been retaliated against – not by my boss – but by my co-workers, for doing the right thing. Is there any best way to deal with this?”
  9. QA 7: “Retaliated Against for Filing a Discrimination Charge – What Should I Do?”
  10. QA 8: “How do I respond to retaliation for filing a complaint of unlawful discrimination?”
  11. QA 9: Being Retaliated Against for Cooperating in a Discrimination Investigation – What Should I Do?
  12. QA 10: Retaliated Against for “Whistle Blowing”: What Should I Do?
  13. QA 11: Retaliation is getting me seriously down. What can I do?

iv. Miscellaneous

  1. NL 1: “If the EEOC is investigating a discrimination claim, can the employer question the employee at the same time?”
  2. NL 2: I.R.S. Pays Employee $4.5 Million for Reporting Employer’s Tax Cheating: The Eight Things You Need to Know
  3. NL 3: Is it RIGHT to do THAT? Ethics Clarified by Six Questions
  4. NL 4: Your Complaint Labeled “Baseless”? Consider an “Investigation Push Back Letter”
  5. QA 1: “Afraid to Take Vacation? Here’s Seven Ideas”
  6. QA 2: “If I negotiate, will my severance be taken off the table?”
  7. QA 3: “Is there a limit to how many hours I can be required to work?”
  8. QA 4: “Could I get in trouble for ‘going public’ about a threat to public welfare that my company covered up?”
  9. QA 5: “Is it true that in New Jersey it is now legal for an employee to copy company documents to use in court cases, without fear of being fired for it?”
  10. QA 6: “I have a question about your recent post about New Jersey employees’ rights to copy company documents without being fired for it in retaliation.”

“If you live your life the right way,
your later years will not be a winter,
but rather a harvest.”

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