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Virtually every law governing the workplace has a whistle-blower provision.

Civil rights laws contain sections protecting employees who complain about bias, as well as those who associate with them or help them expose bias. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects those who raise pay issues. Similarly, the Occupational Safety and Health Act bars employers from retaliating against workers who expose workplace hazards.

Employer actions that could illegally manipulate stock prices are covered by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations. Employees who report suspected financial misdeeds are not only protected, but could reap cash rewards for exposing illegal action.

WHAT’S NEW: The sour economy has every company looking for ways to pinch pennies. If belt-tightening turns into illegality, employers can expect employees to alert the authorities.

For example, Highgate Holdings, a Texas-based inv...(register to read more)

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