A host of federal and state laws include provisions prohibiting employers from retaliating against whistleblowers who engage in activities protected by the statute. The Occupational Safety and Health Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and several other laws that regulate the relationship between employers and employees, contain such whistleblower protections. Pursuant to these protections, the laws also provide a mechanism through which employees can report incidents of retaliation to the government to investigate and potentially bring an enforcement action against the employer. With the number of whistleblower claims continuing to rise in 2015, it is imperative for employers to understand what types of actions could be the impetus for a whistleblower investigation and the potential consequences.
Participants will learn the following:
- Specific requirements of the major employment-related laws, including the OSH Act and Title VII, that contain whistleblower protections
- Proactive measures employers can take to avoid whistleblower claims
- Strategies employers can use to effectively respond to whistleblower investigations and defend against enforcement actions