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An employee who reports unlawful activity by his or her employer to a governmental agency is referred to as a “whistleblower.” Whistleblowing can be a legally protected activity. If an employer retaliates against the whistleblowing employee, the employee may have a case against the employer based upon a number of legal protections recognized in the law.
The law also protects workers who refuse to participate in unlawful acts by their employer, or who protest against such acts. For example, if an employee witnesses a wrongful act against his co-worker and agrees to serve as a witness for that co-worker, the employee may have a legal cause of action if the employer retaliates against him or her based upon such cooperation.