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Avoid retaliating against a whistleblower

As an employer, you are expected to behave in a certain manner and treat employees with respect. By doing so, you are creating a work environment that people look forward to entering, but also have no complaints about. However, depending on certain circumstances, you may find yourself dealing with an employee who is considered a whistleblower because they have reported you for some type of wrongdoing.

When a person on your staff is a whistleblower, it is understandable that you may be upset or harbor ill feelings towards this person, but it is best to not act on them. One of the main reasons you do not want to retaliate against a whistleblower is because it is illegal. Whistleblowers are protected and should you decide to retaliate, they could file a claim against you and this could result in you having to pay a fine or compensate the whistleblower for their troubles.

A good example of a situation you will want to avoid is if you fire or suspend someone and they file a claim against you because they believe their termination was a retaliatory act. Of course, the courts would need proof before the employee will be compensated, but if this person was, in fact, a whistleblower, the dots may be easily connected and you may be found guilty.

Even when employers do everything they can to ensure their employees are happy, some people simply cannot be pleased. However, this doesn't mean that you should retaliate and behave in such a way that can get you in deeper trouble. Should an employee file a claim against you for retaliation, it is best to hire an attorney from Kisner Law Firm who can assist you with your case and help prove that the accusations are false.

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