The whistleblower lawyers at Schmittinger & Rodriguez are knowledgeable and experienced with Delaware’s whistleblower lawsuits. We represent whistleblowers since the wrongdoing of companies is essential to society. In addition, these laws are crucial for protecting employees from wrongful termination and other forms of retaliation.
Fortunately, Delaware has strong whistleblower laws that protect employees from retaliation when they report illegal activity, fraud, or unethical conduct in the workplace. These laws cover a range of activities, including reporting safety violations, financial fraud, and discrimination. Some of the key aspects of Delaware whistleblower laws include:
Protected activity: Delaware law protects employees who report or refuse to participate in illegal activities, provide information to law enforcement, or disclose violations of public policy.
Retaliation prohibited: Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who engage in protected activity. This includes actions such as termination, demotion, harassment, or other adverse employment actions.
Remedies available: If an employee experiences retaliation for engaging in protected activity, they may be entitled to various remedies, including reinstatement, back pay, and compensation for emotional distress.
Statute of limitations: There is a limited time period during which an employee can file a whistleblower claim in Delaware. It is important to consult with an experienced employment lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.
Why Whistleblower Laws are Important
Whistleblower laws are crucial for protecting employees who speak out against illegal or unethical conduct in the workplace. Without these laws, employees may fear retaliation and choose to remain silent, allowing misconduct to continue unchecked. Some of the key reasons why whistleblower laws are important to include:
Protection of public interest: Many whistleblowers often report illegal, unethical conduct or corruption that is harmful to the public interest, such as financial fraud or safety violations. By protecting whistleblowers, the law encourages employees to report such conduct and prevent harm to the public.
Accountability: Whistleblower laws hold employers accountable for their actions and prevent them from engaging in illegal or unethical conduct without consequences. This can deter future misconduct and promote a culture of ethical behavior in the workplace.
Protection of employees: Whistleblower laws protect employees from retaliation, ensuring that they can report misconduct without fear of losing their jobs or suffering other adverse employment actions. This promotes workplace safety and fairness for all employees. When a whistleblower can report fraud or expose fraud (such as healthcare fraud, fraud with government contracts, or tax fraud) they are not only helping society, but they are also providing protections to other employees.
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If you have witnessed or become aware of illegal or unethical conduct in the workplace and have reported it to management, a regulatory agency, or law enforcement, you may be considered a whistleblower. Additionally, if you have refused to participate in illegal activities or have disclosed violations of public policy, you may also be protected under Delaware whistleblower laws.
If you believe that you have been retaliated against for engaging in protected activity, it is important to consult with an experienced employment lawyer to understand your rights and options. A whistleblower attorney can help you navigate the legal process and seek the remedies you may be entitled to including financial reward through litigation.
The Trauma of Whistleblowing
While whistleblower laws are important for protecting employees, blowing the whistle can be a traumatic experience for many individuals. Some of the reasons why whistleblowing can be so difficult include:
Fear of retaliation: Many employees fear retaliation from their employers, including termination, demotion, or harassment. This fear can be compounded by the knowledge that whistleblowers often face significant challenges in finding new employment.
Isolation: Whistleblowers may feel isolated from their colleagues and experience a sense of betrayal from their employer. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression.
Emotional distress: Whistleblowers may experience emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This can have a significant impact on their mental health and well-being.
At Schmittinger & Rodriguez our whistleblower attorneys understand the challenges that whistleblowers face and are committed to providing compassionate and effective legal representation to individuals who find themselves in whistleblower cases. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you protect your rights.
What Financial Damages Am I Entitled To As A Whistleblower?
As a whistleblower in Delaware, you may be entitled to financial damages if you have experienced retaliation for engaging in protected activity. These money damages may include:
Back pay is a common form of financial damages, which compensates the whistleblower for lost wages.
Whistleblowers may also be entitled to compensation for emotional distress, which can help offset the harm caused by retaliation.
In some cases, whistleblowers may be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish the employer for their wrongdoing and deter them from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
The whistleblower attorneys at Schmittinger & Rodriguez have decades of experience and a proven track record of providing legal services to employees who deserve justice for reporting wrongdoing at the company where they work.
The Benefits of Hiring An Experienced Whistleblower Lawyer
Hiring experienced Delaware whistleblower lawyers ensures that you have the right attorney with whom you can share confidential information and file a lawsuit for monetary sanctions against a business that’s involved in the wrongdoing clients have reported.
At Schmittinger & Rodriguez, we understand how difficult and stressful it can be to experience being a whistleblower. Our team has decades of combined experience handling these sensitive matters offering clients peace of mind that they and their loved ones are legally protected.
If you or someone you love believes they are a whistleblower and has a claim, contact Schmittinger & Rodriguez today for a consultation. YOUR CASE. OUR PRIORITY.
Delaware has several laws that protect whistleblowers, including the Delaware Whistleblowers' Protection Act, the Delaware Equal Employment Opportunity Law, and the Delaware False Claims and Reporting Act.
What is protected activity under Delaware whistleblower laws?
Protected activity includes reporting or refusing to participate in illegal activities, providing information to law enforcement, or disclosing violations of public policy.
What remedies are available to whistleblowers who experience retaliation?
Whistleblowers who experience retaliation may be entitled to various remedies, including reinstatement, back pay, and compensation for emotional distress.
What is the statute of limitations for filing a whistleblower claim in Delaware?
The statute of limitations varies depending on the specific law involved. It is important to consult with an experienced employment lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected.
Can I be fired for blowing the whistle?
No, employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who engage in protected activity.
What should I do if I witness illegal or unethical conduct in the workplace?
You should report the conduct to your supervisor or HR department. If you believe that reporting internally may result in retaliation, you may also report the conduct to law enforcement or a regulatory agency.