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Whistleblower claims can be tricky. For one thing, while Arizona recognizes firing someone in violation of whistleblower protections as a wrongful termination, courts also recognize that our Employment Protection Act was actually enacted to limit claims of wrongful termination for the violation of public policy. Also, special protections apply to an officer or employee of Arizona or any of its departments, commissions, agencies, or boards including employees and officers of community college districts, school districts and counties of this state and law enforcement officers of a city or town but does not include officers or employees of a municipal corporation established for the purpose of reclamation and distribution of water and the generation of electricity. However, the protections vary by agencies because each agency may adopt its own policy.
Many state and federal statutes provide specific anti-retaliation provisions, including:
- Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act
- Civil Rights Act of 1964 & Arizona Civil Rights Act (ACRA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act & Arizonans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
At Barton Mendez Soto PLLC, our Arizona whistleblower lawyers can help you evaluate whether you have whistleblower protection, and whether you have been the victim of illegal retaliation.
Have questions? Contact Barton Mendez Soto PLLC online or call (480) 418-0668 to set up a consultation with a whistleblower attorney in Arizona.
Is it Illegal to Retaliate Against a Whistleblower?
Yes, it is illegal to retaliate against a whistleblower. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, your employer cannot act against you for exercising your rights under whistleblower protection laws.
Retaliation is when an employer takes adverse action against an employee for exercising their rights in engaging in a protected activity.
Some whistleblower retaliation examples include the following:
- Decrease in pay or salary
- Decrease in working hours
- Denying benefits
- Reassignment of shift
Call a Whistleblower Attorney in AZ Today
If your employer took adverse action against you or an associate as a whistleblower, you may have a case. Do not hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with our whistleblower lawyers in Arizona at Barton Mendez Soto PLLC. We have years of experience and are prepared to discuss what happened to you and what your available options are.
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