Are you concerned about activity at your Hawaii job that is not above board? You have a right to report this behavior without fear of repercussions.
Here are three frequently asked questions about reporting unethical or illegal behavior in the workplace, also known as whistleblowing.
1. What whistleblowing activities does the law protect?
You can report workplace issues relating to employee safety, environmental protection, fraud, health insurance, consumer product safety, discrimination, wages, recordkeeping, and family and medical leave, among others. You are also protected when you participate in an investigation or court action.
2. What are some examples of whistleblower retaliation?
Retaliation happens when your employer takes unlawful action against you for a protected activity like those mentioned above. Examples of retaliation include:
- Firing or demotion
- Reducing pay or hours
- Threats, intimidation and harassment
- Undue consequences
- Interfering with current and future job prospects
- Failure to rehire
3. How do I file a whistleblower complaint?
If you believe your employer retaliated against you for a whistleblower report, you can file a complaint at the HIOSH office or a federal OSHA office. You may also submit a complaint to HIOSH or OSHA over the phone, online, via email, in a fax or through the mail. If your employer takes additional adverse action against you after submitting your complaint, you can amend it with current allegations.
You have a right to report workplace violations without retaliation. If your employer retaliates against you for engaging in a protected activity, you may pursue legal action against them because they have broken the law.