Can I be fired for being a whistleblower at work?
It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee in retaliation for engaging in whistleblowing activities, which are protected under federal and state laws. Whistleblowing refers to the act of reporting illegal, unethical, or dangerous activities occurring in the workplace.
However, being a whistleblower does not provide complete immunity from being fired or facing other adverse employment actions. There are situations where an employee can be terminated for reasons unrelated to their whistleblowing activities, such as poor performance or violation of company policies.
In cases where an employee believes that their termination was in direct retaliation for their whistleblowing activities, they may have the right to file a complaint or a lawsuit against their employer. It is important for employees to familiarize themselves with the laws and protections available to them, as well as to seek legal advice with MKO Employment Law if they believe that their rights have been violated.
What is employment retaliation or workplace retaliation?
Employment retaliation refers to adverse action taken by an employer against an employee in response to the employee’s engagement in a legally protected activity, such as reporting harassment or discrimination, whistleblowing, filing a complaint with a government agency, participating in an investigation, or engaging in union organizing activities. Retaliation can take many forms, such as demotion, termination, suspension, harassment, or a change in job responsibilities. It is illegal under federal and state laws for an employer to retaliate against an employee for engaging in a protected activity. The purpose of these laws is to prevent employers from intimidating or coercing employees into not exercising their rights or participating in workplace investigations.
Should I hire a lawyer to sue for firing me for engaging in whistleblowing?
Whether to hire a lawyer in a retaliation case depends on several factors and is ultimately a personal decision. If you believe that you have been fired in retaliation for engaging in protected activity, such as whistleblowing, you may have a valid claim and may benefit from consulting with an experienced employment lawyer.
An employment lawyer can help you assess the strength of your case and determine the best course of action. They can also help you navigate the legal process and represent you in negotiations, mediations, or lawsuits.
Additionally, an employment lawyer can provide you with valuable advice on your rights and the legal remedies available to you. They can also help you understand the time frames and procedures for filing a complaint or a lawsuit, as well as the potential outcomes and risks involved.
If you have a strong case and feel that your rights have been violated, hiring a lawyer is often worth the investment to protect your interests and secure the compensation and justice you deserve.
Will MKO Employment Law LLC take my case?
Whether a lawyer will take your retaliation case depends on several factors, including the facts and circumstances of your case, your level of compensation, the evidence you provide, and the overall narrative of your story. MKO considers factors such as the strength of the case, the likelihood of success, and the cost and time required to litigate the case. Keep in mind that every case is unique and not all retaliation claims are appropriate for litigation. If MKO offers representation it means you have at least enough to make a “prima facie case.” In other words a cause of action that is sufficiently established by a party to justify an outcome in his or her favor, provided such evidence is not rebutted by the other party.
Experience: Look for an attorney who has experience handling retaliation cases and is familiar with the laws and regulations that apply to your situation.
Focus: Look for a law firm that only practices in the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well.
Reputation: Research the attorney’s reputation by reading online publicly available Complaints and checking their professional credentials, be sure they are not a “Volume Practice!”
Communication: Choose an attorney who is responsive, approachable, and easy to communicate with. You want to work with someone who will keep you informed and involved throughout the process.
It is important to keep in mind that hiring a lawyer does not guarantee a successful outcome, but an experienced and reputable employment lawyer can increase your chances of securing the compensation and justice you deserve.
Employment Lawyer Consultations
After dispensing thousands of legal consultations to potential clients, I can easily say it’s my favorite part of my practice. My guidance, even if I can’t accept them as a client, helps people immeasurably in figuring out what to do and how to move forward with their lives. I make a measurable impact every single day on many people. Who else can say that about their job? I love it. Call me. – Michael Kraemer, Esq.
“Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”
MKO is a “boutique firm” which means that we focus on a niche area and offer highly specialized services to clients who are looking for the personal touch within our area of expertise: Employment Law. Boutique law firms are not a general practice or one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case. Look for a law firm that primarily practices the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™” Confidentiality is key, for everyone. Are you a victim? MKO’s employment lawyers are always available for the clients. You can contact us anytime for a case assessment and evaluation.
Ten Reasons You Want MKO As Your Employment Counsel
1. Focused Employment Law Practice
MKO is a “boutique law firm” which means that we concentrate on this niche area and offer highly focused employment law services to clients who are looking for the personal touch. Boutique law firms are not a one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. While a long roster of diverse legal services may look impressive on paper, it’s fairly pointless in practice. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case. Look for a law firm that only practices in the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well.
2. Technology Driven & Experts in the Cloud
We provide immediate legal consultations, operate a paperless law firm, use advanced cloud storage, digital signatures, electronic forms, and can review your documents using screen share technology instantaneously. MKO is technologically savvy, nimble, flexible, and efficient.
We are not confined to our office, chained to a desktop computer, or burdened with IT maintenance. Thanks to the smart use of technology we can focus on providing our clients with the best representation possible. By streamlining our practice we can focus on what our clients hire us to do – advocate on their behalf and work diligently toward a desired result.
3. Legal Advice Instantly From The Comfort of Home
MKO can provide superior legal services through adaptive use of new technology and provide the majority of legal assistance while you are comfortably working from your home. It just also happens it's better, easier, and faster for our clients - they really appreciate it. We seamlessly and interactively collaborate with you in a relaxed environment where you have all of your files in your immediate control. We find this is the absolute best way to provide legal advice to our clients on complex legal issues, hands down.
The old style of coming into our office with binders of disjointed and unsearchable paperwork, of which we to organize and figure out on the fly, is incredibly wasteful, time-consuming, inefficient, and not highly productive. Because of our integration with technology, we are ready to work with you on highly intricate matters on a moments notice, no matter where you (or we) are.
4. Discreet When Necessary
While many cases require that we go to court to seek justice, there are a substantial number of disputes that need to be handled discreetly. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”
Confidentiality is key, for everyone.
5. Experience, Professional, & Integrity
Through representing and managing thousands of employment situations, rest assured there is help or a path forward for your situation. For example, Partner Christi Wallace has personally represented over 1000 clients and has managed hundreds more for associates that worked for her in just her first 10 years!
6. Highly Responsive Attorneys
We always get the question, "If I choose to have you represent me, will it be difficult for me to get in touch with you?"
Absolutely not, we even make ourselves available to clients beyond our normal business hours! Further, when you call us your attorney answers, not a secretary who puts you on hold for 20 minutes, then tells you that you can leave a voicemail for your attorney. Besides the MKO office phone number, our clients can contact their attorney via mobile, SMS & texting, business email, and an urgent emergency email. For example, we can often respond to a text message in just a few minutes. Experience a better, faster, and more efficient way to work with an attorney. MKO believes that clients can and should depend on the fact that we’ll respond quickly.
7. Attorneys Available 74+ Hours Per Week
Employment Attorneys are available at least 74 hours per week by phone, email, and text messaging. Don't be fooled by marketing, many law firms are using non-attorney 3rd party answering services and advertising "Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week." We pick up our own phones, respond to our own emails and text messages, and use real attorneys, 74+ hours per week.
8. Practical Advice From Seasoned Professionals
MKO strongly believes that every situation is distinctly unique and therefore we must endeavor to find the right solution for that particular issue. Because we are a boutique employment law firm, we strive to find unique and innovation solutions for our clients in every circumstance. We take action when necessary, put together deals when possible, and work with our clients so we can be creative and find smart solutions instead of needless litigation. We want to protect your interests now and in the future.
9. Contingency Representation
Contingency Legal Representation is where you do not have to pay your lawyer up front. This is fantastic if you are offered this option. Lawyers and litigation costs are incredibly expensive if you pay hourly. With contingency representation, you are not faced with large legal bills and expenses that are daunting and causes slow downs while waiting for a retainer to be replenished. Further, when you're offering to pay anyone up front and hourly, it seems they'll take almost any case - so long as they are getting paid. Funny how that works. Here's how we help:
- People can afford an attorney. – Without the benefit of contingency, it would be very difficult for a person who was recently separated from their job to afford an employment lawyer.
- MKO only gets paid if there is a recovery. – We put our money where our mouth is, if we don't get a recovery, you don't owe legal fees and costs.
- Contingency representation says something about your case. – Considering MKO only will get paid if there is a recovery, you can assume we like to cases that we believe have merit.
- Helps people can move on with their lives – Instead of racking up debt to pay for legal help, our contingency representation lets you move on with your life as we deal with the legal stuff. This is exactly what MKO stands for, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™"
10. Keeping Costs Low To Focus On Your Case
Our clients understand that their representation is are far more important than an expensive address. Some law firms might be battling an extremely burdensome and large cost overhead. In other words, to survive, they may need to be a "factory firm" or "volume practice" that needs to process a vast amount of cases to be able to afford their superfluous costs, expenses, and overhead. We aggressively keep costs down so we can focus on you.
Don't want to be treated like an account number, a settlement figure, or a wheel that needs to be turned to keep the law firm getting paid? We keep our costs low and use this financial freedom for our clients best interests.
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Clients & Cases Managed
We help people fired, or soon to be fired, when they have been treated unfairly, illegally, or unjustly.
Race, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), orientation, disability.
Professional Exit Strategies
Remove yourself from a toxic workplace or help with a job loss. Lawyers give you an exit strategy.
Employees needing physical or mental health/wellness accommodations are protected.
Many health conditions can be considered disabilities and are legally protected including retaliation.
EEOC or PHRC Agencies
Aggressive lawyering in the state and federal agencies can mean quick, quiet, and lucrative resolutions.
For those over 40 years old (but older is preferred) that experience bias based on your age.
A range of actions from mild transgressions to sexual abuse or sexual assault. A highly serious offense.
I trusted Mr. Kraemer with a rather difficult period of time for my family, and we came out on top. He is trustworthy and honest, incredibly helpful, and understanding. Five stars aren’t enough! Him and his staff are well experienced, and won’t let up until the truth is known and justice is served. Michael, it’s been a pleasure. I hope I never need your services again! If I do, I will not hesitate to give you a call.
Halfway to legal help. If you don't get paid, neither do we. All you need to do is call MKO!
Employment Law Ready✔ ™
Michael Kraemer was the only lawyer who took my case and would be the only lawyer I’d rely on. He kept me informed and was very intellectual on the whole subject that my case was revolved around. I give Mr. Kraemer a 10 out of 10 and I would refer him and his associates to anyone who wants a well defined lawyer.
Wrongful Termination & Discrimination Questions
To Ask During Your Free Lawyer Consultation
=What does an employment discrimination, wrongful termination lawyer do?
=Do I need an employment lawyer, what options do I have?
=Can a employment attorney really help my case, even if I still work there?
=When should I hire an employment law firm?
=Is discrimination, illegal conduct, and severance negotiations that common?
=How do you retain an employment attorney and is it really this easy?
=How do I know when I need an employment lawyer?
=When should I address discrimination at the office?
=What is my case worth?
=Do I have a retaliation, wrongful termination, or discrimination case?