Whistleblower lawyers are lawyers who specialize in representing people who have been harmed by companies engaged in activities that violate the federal securities laws. Corporate interests often come first, and in the interests of shareholder value these corporations will do whatever they can to keep this information out of the eyes of the general public. This information is hard to come by, and corporations will go to great lengths to hide it from the general public. In many cases, this means spying on its targets, or using secret tactics and unfair practices to discourage people from sharing this information.
Corporate defense attorneys, the very ones who are responsible for protecting the rights of corporate whistle blowers, find themselves at a severe loss because the general public is no longer willing to tolerate unlawful activities of their employers. Companies will do whatever they can to avoid the spotlight, so whistle blowers need to take matters into their own hands. They must take action in order to protect their own rights and the rights of others who are subject to employer retaliation. The vast majority of victims of this type of harassment are women, who are often victims of sexual abuse. Many times this retaliation occurs immediately after a whistle blower complains about conditions in the workplace.
Work environment problems have become such a huge problem that they are now being covered by federal law under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Employees are protected from discharge or discrimination based on sex, race, religion, national origin, age, or any other basis. These laws were enacted to ensure that all people have equal opportunities in the workplace. However, if your employer fails to follow the letter of the law and employs policies that create a hostile or otherwise uncomfortable work environment, you may have a case.
Whistleblower lawyers protect their clients from retribution, and from punishment, including loss of employment and professional reputation, by aggressively defending their rights. They work closely with their clients to build a strong case. They also present this argument in court, as well as in negotiations with the company. In some cases, they even work out settlements for the whistle blowers. Sometimes, the company will agree to take immediate steps to correct the problem.
There are many factors that may lead a whistleblower to bring his or her case to the attention of the regulatory agencies and authorities. The first step is to feel that something is wrong. When a whistle blower suspects a wrong doing in his or her workplace, he or she should document it. That documentation should be included in an employee handbook. This handbook will usually be referred to as an Employee Harassment Report, or EIR.
An EIR must be kept in secure storage until it can be given to the Department of Labor, or the Department of Justice, for dissemination. It can only be given after a Federal Attorney is involved. Most states require employers to create an EIR for every whistle blowing situation that they experience. In some states, employers are required to pay for an EIR. If an employer does not provide one to the whistle blowers, the employer may be liable for money damages, or an employer may be found to have violated the Whistleblower Protection Act.