As they do every year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released their list of top charges for the previous fiscal year. Between October 2013 and September 2014, nearly 90,000 charges were filed. As it has since fiscal year 2009, retaliation (being punished for being a whistle-blower) was the most common complaint filed, this year making up more than 40 percent of all charges. This is also the most retaliation charges ever filed in one year.
Other charges that rounded out the top five were:
- Race/racial harassment
- Sexual harassment/pregnancy
It seems that more and more employees are getting fed up with corruption and lies within the company for which they work, and they are taking a stand against it, becoming whistle-blowers. Companies, in response, are trying to keep their sleaziness under wraps, but to no avail.
If you work for a Wisconsin company and learn about unethical dealings, you have options to expose them. The most serious type of corruption is fraud against the government. This can be resolved by bringing a “qui tam” suit against the company. Once that is filed with the EEOC, the government takes over the investigation and seeks out the fraud in order to reclaim damages.
The best part is, you may be rewarded for exposing the fraud. Anyone who brings forward a qui tam action could be rewarded with a percentage of the recovered damages. In addition, if you are involved in the corruption and expose it, your charges may be reduced.
In Wisconsin, you cannot be fired, demoted or otherwise punished for being a whistle-blower. If your company retaliated against you after you exposed their corruption, it is vital you contact an attorney who is experienced in this area. They can guide you through the steps of filing with the EEOC, claiming compensation and other steps in a retaliation case.