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The Florida Whistleblower Act applies to employers with 10 or more employees. Covered employers may not take any retaliatory personnel action against an employee because the employee has objected to, or refused to participate in, any activity, policy, or practice of the employer which is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation. The Act provides additional protections for employees who participate in government investigations. A court may award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, and expenses to the prevailing party.
There are many additional statutes that protect whistleblowers in certain situations. For example, an employee at a healthcare clinic cannot be terminated or otherwise disciplined for complaining about the clinic seeking unearned Medicare reimbursement by billing for services that were not performed. Although many of these laws do not refer to "whistleblowers," the concepts are the same -- namely that you cannot retaliate against employees that make complaints about the company's unlawful conduct. Employees cannot be fired or subjected to other retaliatory measures because they made complaints, whether inside or outside of the company.
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If you believe you have been unfairly treated because you complained about your employer's unlawful conduct, or if you are a business owner wrongly accused of retaliation, we can advise you on how best to remedy the problem.
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