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What Are Whistleblower Protections?

Employees often know firsthand about their company’s business dealings, including any dishonesty or fraud. In the past, workers feared retaliation if they chose to bring attention to the corruption, so the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) helps enforce several laws to protect “whistleblowers.” Whistleblowers report misconduct in an industry or even in their own workplace. Workplace retaliation against whistleblower activities, either from management or from other employees, is a violation of federal law. The Whistleblower Act of 1989 prohibits retaliation against employees of government agencies who report agency misconduct. The Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) of 2002 extends similar protections to accounting and investment firms. According to the SOX law, employers can be fined or even imprisoned if they intentionally retaliate against a whistleblower who provided truthful information to law enforcement about a criminal offense. Retaliation can take many forms, including: Firing or laying off Demoting Denying overtime or promotion Denying…
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