When employees report violations, file complaints or participate in investigations against their employers, the risk of retaliation is very real. Even if management is careful to avoid the appearance of retaliation, supervisors or lower managers may, unwisely, take unilateral adverse action against brave whistle-blowers. To some extent, this is the unfortunate risk that often accompanies doing the right thing and standing up to unjust authority. But it is important to remember that you do have protection. The Arkansas whistle-blower protection attorneys of the Sanford Law Firm stand with employees. We send a strong message to employers that our clients will not be intimidated.
Most state and federal laws that prohibit workplace discrimination — including the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) — also contain provisions that prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who exercise their rights under these statutes. This includes those who report discrimination or harassment, file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or serve as witnesses on behalf of other employees. Retaliation of this sort is a distinct unlawful act separate from the underlying complaint.
Moreover, many other employment laws also contain whistle-blower protection. These include laws such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other state and federal safety and wage and hour laws. These protect employees who report their employers’ legal and regulatory violations to the appropriate authority. Both federal and Arkansas state employees also have general whistle-blower protection for reporting on the job malfeasance under the Arkansas Whistle-blower Act.
Whistle-blowers and victims of retaliation have access to numerous legal remedies including reinstatement. These employees may also be able to receive compensation for lost wages, liquidated damages, punitive damages and attorney fees. The specific remedies differ depending on the statute involved and the particular circumstances. But an attorney from the Sanford Law Firm can help you understand your options and take appropriate action to protect yourself.
The Arkansas whistle-blower law attorneys of the Sanford Law Firm deeply admire the brave workers who report incidents of employer discrimination and unlawful conduct. And when they face retaliation for their actions, we fight hard to protect them. Our offices in Little Rock and Russellville proudly serve workers throughout Arkansas who stand up to on-the-job injustice. But we are ready and willing to work in other states — wherever workers need a strong and principled advocate. Call our Little Rock office at 501-476-6251 or toll free at or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your employment issue.