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Whistleblower Retaliation Attorneys & Lawyers

whistleblower-retaliationPublic employees in Texas who, in good faith, report a violation of law by their employer or another public employee to an appropriate law enforcement authority are protected from retaliation.  The Texas Whistleblower Act was enacted to protect municipal, county, and state employees from retaliation.  Retaliation may include an adverse personnel action, suspension, or termination.

Under the Texas Whistleblower Act, an appropriate law enforcement authority may include “a part of a state or local governmental entity or of the federal government that the employee in good faith believes is authorized to: (1) regulate under or enforce the law alleged to be violated in the report; or (2) investigate or prosecute a violation of criminal law.”  A public employee who pursues a claim under the Texas Whistleblower Act must file suit within 90 days of the date of the retaliatory action.

There are also a number of federal laws which protect certain employees for reporting violations of federal laws, including, but not limited to, the following:

OSHA Violations – safety and health complaints;

Violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act – fraud against shareholders of publicly traded corporations;

Asbestos in elementary and secondary school systems;

Unsafe shipping containers under the International Safety Container Act; and

Violations of the Clean Air Act.

If you believe that you have been, or may be retaliated against, for engaging in whistleblowing activities, you should contact the whistleblower retaliation attorneys and lawyers at Howard & Kobelan immediately.  To best protect your rights, it is also important to document any and all events concerning a violation of law or your report of any violation of law.