If you are being mistreated in the workplace, you probably are feeling powerless and scared. You might feel as though you have no options to protect yourself, or that you will be fired or otherwise penalized for speaking out about misconduct. However, you have rights and a voice worth fighting for, and an attorney can help you do this.
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.
Imagine you are at work when you overhear supervisors talking about the latest round of interview candidates. They mention one of the candidates is Muslim, and then agree that someone like that could never work there.
As a nurse, you are highly trained not only in caring for patients' physical well-being, but also in respecting their privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) establishes detailed patient privacy requirements that all health care providers and institutions must follow. It protects a wide range of private information, including medical records.