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Florida law has two whistleblower laws for both public-sector employees and private-sector employees. The Florida Whistleblower Act protects both private and public employees against Retaliation for reporting certain types of illegal activity.

Public-Sector Employees

Have a Whistleblowing Case? Get the Protection of an Experienced Whistleblower Attorney in Orlando, FLFor public-sector employees, the Florida legislature enacted Florida Statute Section 112.3187 in order to prevent state, regional, county, local, or municipal government entities from taking retaliatory action against an employee who reports violations of law on the part of a public employer.

Florida's Whistle-blower's Act prohibits state and local government agencies, and the companies that contract with those agencies, from dismissing, disciplining, or taking any adverse personnel action against an employee for disclosing:

(a) A violation, or suspected violation, of any federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation which creates and presents a substantial and specific danger to the public's health, safety, or welfare; or

(b) Any act, or suspected act, of gross mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, gross waste of public funds, suspected or actual Medicaid fraud or abuse, or gross neglect of duty committed by an agency, public officer, or employee.

Florida's Whistle-blower's Act protects employees who disclose information:

  1. On their own initiative in a written and signed complaint;
  2. Who are requested to participate in an investigation, hearing, or other inquiry conducted by any agency or federal government entity;
  3. Who refuse to participate in any adverse action prohibited by this section;
  4. ho initiate a complaint through the whistle-blower's hotline or the hotline of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Department of Legal Affairs; or
  5. Employees who file any written complaint to their supervisory officials or employees who submit a complaint t the Chief Inspector General in the Executive Office of the Governor, to the employee designated as agency inspector general or the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

If an employee, or other persons who disclose protected information, prevails under Florida's Whistle-blower's Act he or she may obtain:

  • Reinstatement to the same position held before the adverse action was commenced or to an equivalent position or reasonable front pay as alternative relief;
  • Reinstatement of the employee's full fringe benefits and seniority rights;
  • Compensation for lost wages, benefits, or other lost remuneration caused by the adverse action;
  • Payment of reasonable costs, including attorney's fees; and
  • An injunction restraining violation of law.

Private-Sector Employees

For private-sector employees, the Florida legislature enacted Florida Statute Section 448.102. The private sector whistleblower law protects employees who report violations of the law by his or her employer from retaliation by their employer.

Florida's private sector whistleblower law prohibits an employer from taking any retaliatory personnel action against an employee because the employee has:

  1. Disclosed, or threatened to disclose, to any appropriate governmental agency, under oath, in writing, an activity, policy, or practice of the employer that is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation;
  2. Provided information to, or testified before, any appropriate governmental agency, person, or entity conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into an alleged violation of a law, rule, or regulation by the employer; or
  3. Objected to, or refused to participate in any activity, policy, or practice of the employer which is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation.

An employee who has been a victim of retaliation, discipline, or termination, or in some way has been punished for blowing the whistle may obtain:

  • An injunction restraining continued violation of the law;
  • Reinstatement to the same position the employee held before the retaliatory personnel action, or to an equivalent position;
  • Reinstatement of full fringe benefits and other remuneration;
  • Compensation for lost wages, benefits, and other remuneration; and
  • Compensatory damages

Contact our Central Florida Whistleblower Attorney

If you are an employee with first-hand knowledge of certain types of violations of the law by a public or private employer anywhere within the Central Florida area, our highly experienced whistleblower lawyer in Orlando and Tampa can help you. Call us today to take the necessary steps to put an end to it and to protect your rights against retaliation by your employer. We are available for a free consultation at (407) 205-2330. You may also send us an email using the online form provided at the top of this page. Your privacy is very important to us. We will keep your information confidential.


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