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Whistleblower Retaliation, Discrimination and Harassment

Protection for Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers are critically important to our society because they speak truth to power when they oppose or expose illegal activity. There are state and federal laws that protect workers in New Hampshire who blow the whistle on illegal activity. The attorneys at the New Hampshire Employee Rights Group have the experience and expertise to help you navigate the complexities of these legal protections and hold your employer accountable for unlawful retaliation.

New Hampshire's Whistleblower Protection Act and Common Law Protections

New Hampshire's Whistleblower Protection Act and common law protections work in tandem to protect whistleblowers and hold employers accountable for retaliation. Under these laws, an employer may not retaliate against an employee who reports what he reasonably believes is a violation of the law. An employer is also prohibited from retaliating against an employee because the employee, acting in good faith, refused to participate in illegal activity or refused to follow a directive to do something illegal. Furthermore, an employer may not retaliate against an employee who, in good faith, participates in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry by a governmental entity to determine whether the employer violated a law.

Federal Whistleblower Protection

There are numerous federal laws that protect whistleblowers, including but not limited to:

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Energy Reorganization Act (ERA)
  • False Claims Act (FCA)
  • Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA)
  • International Safe Container Act (ISCA)
  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • Pipeline Safety Improvement Act (PSIA)
  • Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • Seamen's Protection Act (SPA)
  • Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA)
  • Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21)

Whistleblowers who experience retaliation may have rights under one or more of these statutes. An attorney experienced in representing whistleblowers, such as the attorneys at the New Hampshire Employee Rights Group, can determine what statutes may have been violated and advise you of your legal rights.

The Whistleblower Attorneys at the New Hampshire Employee Rights Group can Help You

The attorneys at the New Hampshire Employee Rights Group have more than 50 years of combined experience assisting whistleblowers who have experienced illegal retaliation. If illegal activity is occurring in your workplace, you should be able to voice concern about it without fear of retaliation but, unfortunately, many employers retaliate against whistleblowers. So, you should be prepared for possible retaliation before you blow the whistle and you should act to protect your rights if you experience retaliation after you blow the whistle.

You do not have to navigate this complex situation alone. Contact the New Hampshire Employee Rights Group right away for help. We represent workers throughout the whole state of New Hampshire.