Coming forward and informing your employer of illegal or harmful conduct is never easy. Employees who want to correct their boss’s illegal conduct or draw attention to it, may fear that doing so could cause them to lose their job. Under certain circumstances, Minnesota and Federal laws make it illegal for employers to fire employees who come forward to report a suspected violation of the law. This is known as a whistleblower.
In Minnesota, the state law protecting employees from retaliation for reporting illegal activity or suspected illegal activity is Minnesota Statute 181.932 which is known as the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (“MWA”).
The Minnesota Whistleblower Act specifically offers job protection for employees who:
- report a violation or suspected violation of either federal or state law to an employer or government official;
- participate in a governmental investigation, hearing, or inquiry;
- refuse an employer’s order to perform an action that the employee believes is illegal;
- report a situation where a health care provider, hospital, or clinic violates a standard established by federal or Minnesota law or which places the public at risk of harm.
If you feel that you have been fired for blowing the whistle on your employer’s unlawful conduct or have been retaliated against by your Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Minnesota Employer, an Experienced Minneapolis Whistleblower Attorney can get you the justice you deserve. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to monetary damages, benefits, and other compensation.
Examples of protected whistleblowing activity
While each Minnesota whistleblower generally has its own unique set of facts, below are some of the more frequent types of employee activities that can receive protection under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act:
- Notifying your employer or boss or outside agency that your employer is failing to pay overtime, not paying employees for all of their hours worked, or failing to allow employees to take appropriate work breaks.
- Reporting that your employer is falsifying important financial documents such as shareholder disclosure statements or quarterly financial documents that shareholders rely upon.
- Reporting that your employer is committing fraud.
- Reporting that your employer is purposely attempting to deceive or defraud the public.
- Reporting that your healthcare provider employer is purposely over-billing government funded health insurance programs such as Medicare or Medicaid or billing for medical treatments or medical exams that they never actually performed.
- Reporting other suspected violations of law to your employer.
Minnesota Employment Lawyers who stand up for whistleblowers
Retaliation against whistleblowers in Minnesota is illegal. The Minnesota Whistleblower Act provides job protection for employees who report suspected illegal activity. Kuhlman Law, PLLC is dedicated to fighting for our clients who have been victimized by their employer’s illegal conduct. Whether you are still working and have been retaliated against by your employer for blowing the whistle or have been fired or forced to quit, my firm can help you get the justice you deserve and hold the wrongdoers accountable.
Minnesota whistleblower lawyers at Kuhlman Law, PLLC handle employment law cases throughout Minnesota in a variety of venues, including Minnesota state court, federal court, and those before administrative agency bodies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission. We strongly believe that all people have the right to work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. We fight to protect employees’ rights and routinely take on large companies, government agencies, and other employers who violate their employees’ legal rights.
If you or a loved one has been fired or retaliated against for blowing the whistle on your employer’s illegal conduct, contact an employment law attorney immediately. An we can help you determine if your rights were violated, evaluate the strengths of your case, collect evidence, and depending on the facts, help you recover a cash settlement to compensate you for what you have been subjected to.
To learn more and schedule a free consultation with Minneapolis Employee Rights Lawyer Christopher Kuhlman, call 612 349 2747.