When an employer is doing illegal or dangerous activity, this can have a negative impact on customers and on society at large. This is why speaking up about the wrongdoing is so critical for an employee who discovers it, in Wisconsin or elsewhere. Unfortunately, being a whistleblower can have unintended consequences, such as getting fired by the employer. An individual who becomes a victim of employer retaliation after blowing the whistle can seek to hold the company responsible for this unjust action.
It may pay to do the right thing, except when the company that is negatively affected by an individual's actions tries to retaliate against that whistleblower in Wisconsin. Making the moral, ethical decision to become a whistleblower when a company is doing wrong may help a person to have a good conscience and a high level of self-esteem. However, this positive feeling can easily be deflated if the company tries to get even. One woman recently faced this type of situation in an out-of-state case.
People naturally don't like to be betrayed. This is why some companies view a whistleblower as a traitor and as being untrustworthy. However, if a company retaliates against a worker for blowing the whistle on the company's unethical practices, then the employee may feel betrayed by a company he or she initially thought was upstanding. It is unlawful for employers in Wisconsin to treat employees badly simply because they spoke up about potentially unethical or illegal issues at the workplace.
People naturally think that if they do good deeds, they will be rewarded. Meanwhile, those who do bad deeds should be punished. However, things don't always work like this in Wisconsin. A whistleblower may feel as though he or she is committing a good act in society by calling attention to an immoral or unethical situation. In reality, rewarding the whistleblower likely is the farthest thing from the mind of an employer who is the subject of the whistleblowing situation.
People who choose to speak up about the wrongs they witness at work can get a wide range of nicknames. Sometimes, they're called snoops, and other times, they're labeled as snitches or traitors. However, if a whistleblower voices concerns about unfair and illegal practices that can cause harm, his or her efforts may be looked upon positively by others. It is illegal to mistreat workers who have chosen to be whistleblowers in Wisconsin.
Some people have such a strong moral compass that they feel obligated to speak up when they observe a wrong being perpetrated in a Wisconsin workplace. An employer may try to get back at a whistleblower employee, either by trimming his or her salary or even terminating the worker. Retaliation allegedly occurred in another state recently due to a decision of two whistleblowers to raise concerns about the practices taking place at a charter school.
When people are working at a company in Wisconsin, they often focus primarily on their biweekly paychecks, paying less attention to fringe benefits such as long-term disability insurance. However, when an emergency occurs, this particular "benefit" can immediately become an absolute need -- one for which employees are grateful. If a worker's long-term disability claim is rejected by the insurance company, the individual certainly has the right to challenge the decision in order to seek any benefits to which he or she may be entitled in Wisconsin.
A former university employee recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the school for which he previously worked. He claimed that his employer terminated him in response to his decision to report misconduct that the president of the institution was accused of being involved in. A whistleblower who feels that he or she has been wronged by an employer certainly has the right to seek justice in Wisconsin.