Whistleblower Protection Attorneys Based in Miami-Dade County
Both federal and state laws protect employees who are whistleblowers. In Florida, there is a public employer and private employer whistleblower statute that provides significant protections for employees who, for example, object to or refuse to participate in, some illegal activity of the employer. There are, however, many defenses that an employer can assert to whistleblower claims.
Florida’s private whistleblower act, found at Fla. Stat. §§ 448.101 – 448.105, provides that an employer may not take any retaliatory action against an employee because the employee has:
- Disclosed, or threatened to disclose, to any appropriate governmental agency, under oath, in writing, an activity, policy, or practice of the employer that is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation. However, the employee must first bring the activity, policy, or practice to the attention of the employer, in writing, in order to give the employer a reasonable opportunity to correct the activity, policy, or practice.
- Provided information to, or testified before, any appropriate governmental agency, person, or entity conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into an alleged violation of a law, rule, or regulation by the employer.
- Objected to, or refused to participate in, any activity, policy, or practice of the employer which is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation.
Florida’s public whistleblower act, found at Fla. Stat. §§ 112.3187 – 112.31895, prohibits governmental agencies or independent contractors from taking retaliatory action against an employee who reports violations of law on the part of a governmental agency or independent contractor to an appropriate agency.
Lawyers from BT Law Group have extensive experience advising clients about, and defending, whistleblower claims. If you believe you have been treated differently because you engaged in an activity that’s protected by the law, please contact the attorneys at BT Law Group for a consultation.