I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. — Leonard Da Vinci
When first reporting the illegal or unethical activity witnessed on the job, an employee may be called a snitch or disloyal. The reporting employee’s employment and livelihood could be at risk if the employer attempts to retaliate because of the whistleblower’s risky revelation.
The Texas Whistleblower Act proscribes a state or city government from acting adversely in employment against a public employee who in good faith informed an appropriate law enforcement authority of a violation of law by the employing governmental entity or another public employee. The law further provides injunctive and compensatory relief for the whistleblower who was retaliated against.
The Texas Whistleblower Act contains several key elements that need to be clearly defined in order to understand the law’s applicability.
A suit pursuant to the Texas Whistleblower Act must be filed within 90 days of the date of the last act of adverse employment action. A public employee claiming retaliation may sue for the following:
If you suspect that you have been retaliated against in your employment because you blew the whistle on another employee or the employer, it is important to consult with a Texas whistleblower attorney to discuss the merits of your claim and possible relief.