Uncovering Wrongdoing By Being A Whistleblower
In recent decades, Americans have come to realize that we can no longer expect ethical behavior as a given — either from our large companies or our own government. There are numerous examples here in Michigan of corporations and local governments engaging in illegal or unethical behavior that violated the public’s trust and caused real and lasting harm.
Many of these actions were revealed thanks to the courageous acts of whistleblowers, who often risked personal and employment consequences as a result. If you find yourself needing to report wrongdoing on the part of your employer, the good news is that there are state and federal laws protecting whistleblowers. Among these is the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.
Which Actions Can Be Reported?
As a whistleblower, you can report any number of illegal behaviors on the part of your employer. A partial list includes:
- Defrauding or stealing from customers
- Defrauding the federal government (qui tam cases under the False Claims Act)
- Endangering the health or safety of customers
- Endangering the health or safety of the public
- Violating environmental laws
- Knowingly selling dangerous or defective products
- Practices that violate workplace safety laws or that endanger workers
- Violating wage and hour laws
If you are unsure whether what you have witnessed should be reported, contact EllisonLegal to discuss your concerns in a free and confidential consultation.
Process And Timing Are Very Important
In order to report wrongdoing effectively and to protect yourself in the process, it is critical that you know when, how, and to whom you should report the wrongdoing. For these and other reasons, it is wise to seek the help of an experienced employment lawyer.
I’m attorney Jeffrey Ellison, and I am an advocate for whistleblowers in Ann Arbor, Detroit and surrounding areas. When you contact my firm, I can explain all of your rights and options and help you determine the best course of action. Throughout the process, you can expect discretion and secure communication with me.
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EllisonLegal serves clients throughout the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas. To discuss your whistleblower concerns with an attorney in practice for nearly 35 years, call me at 734-887-6534. You can also send me a secure email.