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Is it illegal to be a whistleblower?

Laws that protect workers, such as anti-discrimination or health and safety laws, also include language that make it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who report a problem. Further, laws that pertain to health and safety of the greater community also include protections for employees who blow the whistle on potentially illegal activities.

The result is a comprehensive set of whistleblower protections sprinkled throughout the legislation. These protections for both public and private employees are important to creating an atmosphere where public health and safety is not weighed against fear of losing one’s job.

Georgia is an employment at-will state, which means that employers will simply claim other reasons as the basis for the adverse action they took against you. An attorney can help you prove the causal relationship between reporting a problem or filing a complaint and the eventual steps taken by your employer against you if you blow the whistle on them.