State Whistleblower Laws

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Various states have enacted their own whistleblower laws. Most state statutes focus on protection against employer retaliation and provide a cause of action and remedies for whistleblowers who experience job-related retaliation as a consequence of their revelations. There are also important points of divergence within the anti-retaliation provisions, including the type of whistleblower protected, the subject of protected whistleblowing, the requirements for filing a grievance and appeal, and the remedies provided to the employee suffering retaliation. The complexity of state whistleblower laws make it even more crucial that individuals retain the help of an experienced whistleblower lawyer when they reveal illegal acts committed by businesses or government agencies.