VIDEO: The law protects whistleblowers | Law Office of Twila S. White

A whistleblower is an employee who suffers retaliation for coming forward to report the illegal activities of his or her employer. Most states have laws that protect whistleblowers. Unfortunately, an employer may disguise adverse employment actions with pretext.

For example, retaliation can take forms other than termination. Demotions, disciplinary actions, or even a hostile workplace are all examples of unlawful retaliation.

Many employees consult with an attorney before making a whistleblower complaint. We generally advise that the best method to complain is usually in written form, which establishes a timeline. If an employer took an adverse action shortly after that complaint submission, you may have a valid claim for retaliation.