Like many other states, Florida has its own set of whistleblower laws. They are intended to protect individuals from being retaliated against if they “blow the whistle” on – or reveal – the wrong-doings of the company that they work for. Here are some things to be aware of when it comes to Florida’s whistleblower laws.
Florida’s state legislature website says that under these laws, it is illegal to retaliate against an employee who has reported the unethical or illegal acts of an employer, upper management, or other branches within a company or business. Both public and private employees have protection under these laws. If fired under means that are determined to be retaliatory, they may pursue damages and sue for lost wages, back pay, benefits, and of course the damages claimed.
FindLaw takes a look at the criteria that employees need to fill if they are seeking protection under Florida’s whistleblower laws. They need to have disclosed or threatened disclose to an agency that a law or regulation was broken by the policy, practice or activity of an employer. They must then show that because of this, they faced retaliation. Finally, they must show that they gave written notice to the employer so that they had a reasonable amount of time to fix the issue.
Whistleblower laws are put in place to protect employees, but the legalities surrounding them can still be complex. When dealing with a case that involves these laws, one may find it beneficial to seek the expertise of an attorney.