Broadly speaking, a “whistleblower” is someone who reports or complains of a legal or safety violation. Whistleblower claims arise when an employee is reprimanded, retaliated against, or terminated by the employer as a result of the reporting.
If an employee witnesses a safety or other violation, it is important to reach out to an attorney to see if the situation can be remedied, or what steps should be taken to address the concern. If an employee is reprimanded in any way for reporting the violation, the employee should reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to protect their rights.
If an employer receives any serious type of complaint of an alleged safety or legal violation, the employer should speak with counsel immediately to make sure the complaint is addressed properly and timely.