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