by Robert Ludolph and Mary Deon, Esqs.
Whistle-blower statutes are designed to protect employees who report their employers for violating civil regulations or criminal laws. But that can seem like a risky proposition for employees, who may fear that reporting their employer to the authorities could cost them their jobs.
That’s why whistle-blower laws exist: To protect the public from unlawful or fraudulent conduct, they prohibit retaliation against employees who complain to public agencies about employer actions that may create a significant danger to the public health or safety or that otherwise may be a crime or regulatory violation.
Some states, including Pennsylvania, only protect public employees from retaliation for complaining about their employers’ violations. Pennsylvania courts, however, have reasoned that the protections of its whistle-blower law extend to employees of health care providers and other p...(register to read more)