In most workplaces, there are policies and procedures for reporting wrongdoing. However, even when employees point out that wrongful actions are taking place, the complaining employees could be the ones who end up facing punishment from their employers. In some cases, reporting wrongdoing in the workplace may warrant whistleblower protection.
Oregon readers may be interested in a city employee in another state who has filed a lawsuit against the city. According to reports, the worker was a purchasing agent for the city’s water supply board. In 2015, she began reporting the misuse of agency credit cards by other employees. Apparently, the other workers were using the cards for personal purchases of items like household goods, makeup and clothes. However, her reports went uninvestigated.
Instead, the woman claims that she faced multiple reprimands, and her superiors transferred her to a lower-paying job. She believed that her employers failed to investigate her claims and also violated the state’s Whistleblower Protection Act by retaliating against her. The details of the lawsuit itself were not given in the report, and the city did not wish to provide a comment on the ongoing litigation.
Facing negative consequences for reporting the wrongful actions of other employees warrants attention of its own. If Oregon city workers believe that their employers retaliated against them and violated whistleblower protection laws, they may want to gain information on their legal options. Speaking with experienced employment law attorneys could ensure that concerned individuals understand what courses of action could best help them address their cases.