About Florida Whistleblower Laws Insights into Whistleblower Rights and Obligations Employees are in a unique position to know what is happening at a business. For this reason, the government encourages employees who have information about wrongdoing to come forward. In some cases whistleblowers are entitled to money a government agency recovers because of information the employee provided. In all cases of legitimate whistleblowing, the employee is protected from retaliation. Whistleblower protection does not grant an employee immunity from legitimate negative consequences, but only those related to the whistleblowing. However, businesses should be careful to document the reasons for firing an employee who is considered a whistleblower under Florida or federal law. Whistleblowing on a Private Employer An employee is protected against retaliation for reporting acts of harassment, discrimination or wage and hours violations under the Florida and federal whistleblower laws. An employer cannot make an adverse job-related decision, such as termination, demotion, pay-cut, transfer to an undesirable shift, rejection of leave requests or other action in retribution for the employee’s filing of a grievance complaint or cooperation with an investigation. Florida WhistleBlower’s Act The Florida Whistle-Blower’s Act, codified in Florida Statute §112.3187, protects Florida state employees and contractors from retaliation for exposing gross waste of funds, neglect of duty, mismanagement or legal violations that endanger the public’s health, safety or welfare. A designated whistleblower hotline allows the person reporting the wrongdoing to keep his or her identity confidential, unless disclosure becomes necessary during the investigation. However, the agency is barred from retaliating […]Read More
Jason Gunter settled a Public Sector Whistleblower case against the Lee County Government on behalf of his 7 clients. The settlement was approved by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners on March 5, 2013 as Lee County agreed to settle the Florida Public Sector Whistleblower case for nearly $500,000 damages in favor of Mr. Gunter’s clients. Mr. Gunter represented 7 clients who were wrongfully terminated in retaliation for participating in a government investigation regarding Lee County employees performing non-county work on county time. Mr. Gunter was pleased with the result on behalf of his clients, who, as he stated, “never should have lost their jobs to begin with.” Naples Daily News story link: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/mar/05/commissioners-agree-nearly-500000-settlement-whist/ If you have any questions about Florida’s Whistleblower laws, or Federal Whistleblower laws, or think you have been fired for blowing the whistle, call Jason Gunter at 239.334.7017 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you have an actionable case.Read More
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