Although Florida’s state whistle-blower law applies only to state government and state contractors, don’t believe you are above the law just because you are a private employer. Federal whistle-blower laws are quite extensive, and courts vigorously enforce the public policy interest when protecting employees who expose wrongdoing.
Rather than ignore a complaint—and risk expensive litigation—you need to establish policies to investigate whistle-blower complaints. Properly developed and written, they should be similar to those you already have in place to deal with sexual harassment complaints.
The needle and the damage done
The case of Juan Colon is a prime example of how private employers can become embroiled in unnecessary whistle-blowing litigation.
Colon worked for Total Renal Care in Winter Haven. He observed a patient care technician holding a syringe in her hand after she had set a bottle of heparin on top of a dia...(register to read more)
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