Senior executives are vulnerable when they possess knowledge of Corporate wrongdoing. The wrongdoing may be of financial misrepresentations by public companies, attempts to inflate bills or provide inferior products to the federal government, or the distribution of unsafe products or maintenance of unsafe work conditions.
Executives who seek to stop this conduct through internal complaints may be subject to retaliation, including demotions, transfers, “icing out” of corporate decision-making and termination.
If you believe that you have been retaliated against because of your whistle-blowing activities, you should be aware that there are a number of federal and state statutes which even if you are an at-will employee may protect you from retaliation, including the Sarbanes Oxley Act (Federal Securities Laws), the False Claims Act (also known as the Qui Tam Law dealing with cheating the federal government) unsafe work conditions prohibited by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and numerous other statutes.
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