When you work for a publicly funded company and become aware of wrongdoing on the part of your employer, you have a right to call attention to what is happening without fearing retaliation. Pennsylvania has a whistleblower law in place that protects you against retaliation if you make a report in good faith about what you witnessed.
When, exactly, does Pennsylvania’s whistleblower law apply, and what protections does it offer you?
Who the whistleblower law protects
Per the Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General, Pennsylvania’s whistleblower law applies to you if you work as a public employee or public works contractor for any type of state or local government agency. It also applies if you work for any other publicly funded group. For example, if you work for an entity that receives funding through Medicaid or highway transportation funds, the law applies to you.
What protections the whistleblower law offers
The whistleblower law prevents your employer from firing or demoting you in the wake of you blowing the whistle about something occurring within the company. It also asserts that your employer may not threaten, discriminate or otherwise retaliate against you for making your good faith report.
Retaliation takes on many forms. In some cases, it may be overt. Yet, in others, it may be harder to recognize. If your employer suddenly gives you less-favorable hours, this may constitute retaliation. If you were due for a raise and do not get it after blowing the whistle on your employer, this may also constitute retaliation.
Pennsylvania’s whistleblower law protections apply to you if you meet the eligibility criteria and made a report about fraud, abuse or waste, among other areas.