What Is the Legal Definition of a Whistleblower?

What Is the Legal Definition of a Whistleblower?

Many people contact Swartz Swidler about the information that they have learned about their companies because they are unsure whether they have actionable claims for whistleblower lawsuits. Others also want to know if their provision of information to governmental authorities triggered the prohibition on retaliation against whistleblowers. By understanding the legal definition of a whistleblower

Which Federal Agency Enforces Sexual Harassment Laws?

Which Federal Agency Enforces Sexual Harassment Laws?

Workplace discrimination based on a worker’s protected characteristics is illegal under federal law. Sexual harassment is considered to be a form of unlawful sex discrimination and is prohibited in the workplace. The agency that enforces the federal anti-discrimination laws is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Workers who pursue discrimination claims against their employers must

What Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination Against Pregnant Employees?

What Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination Against Pregnant Employees?

Learning that you are pregnant can be very exciting. Most women are happy to learn that they are expecting and want to tell their family, friends, and coworkers their good news. However, before you tell everyone at your workplace about your pregnancy, you should make sure that you understand the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the

Getting Paid for Unused Sick or Vacation Leave If You’re Fired

Being terminated from your job can be overwhelming. When you are fired and your employer refuses to pay you for your unused vacation and sick time, you might wonder whether you have the right to recover compensation for these benefits. While employers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are not required to pay your unpaid vacation

Is Pregnancy Considered a Disability in NJ?

Is Pregnancy Considered a Disability in NJ?

Pregnant women in New Jersey may develop conditions that make performing their jobs more difficult. However, pregnancy is not considered to be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is a federal law that prohibits disability discrimination in the workplace. However, workplace discrimination based on pregnancy is also illegal. Employers are prohibited

Types of Health Care Fraud

Healthcare fraud is a widespread problem and is one of the most common types of fraud featured in claims under the False Claims Act. Through the FCA, whistleblowers have helped the government recover billions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies. Medicaid faces major risks of fraud. Medicaid fraud occurs when health care

What Happens if a Whistleblower Is Wrong?

What Happens if a Whistleblower Is Wrong?

Occasionally, a whistleblower will disclose information about allegedly illegal or unethical conduct by their employers against the public or the government. After an investigation by the appropriate government agency, a violation is not found. When whistleblowers report their employers for conduct that they thought was illegal, but no violations are found, they might worry about

Age Discrimination and Covid-19: What You Need to Know

Age Discrimination and Covid-19: What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the U.S. Despite this, the country continues to reopen even though there is a quickly increasing number of infections and deaths. Many people in the U.S. also continue to resist the calls to wear masks and to practice social distancing. Because of the current environment, some employers are

What Happens if a Whistleblower Is Wrong?

What Is a Whistleblower?

Famous whistleblowers have been depicted in movies and are sometimes reported in the news. Because of these types of media, you likely have a general familiarity with what whistleblowers are. Whistleblowers are people who learn about illegal or unethical conduct within their companies or within the government and report what they know. Many whistleblowers are

Taking FMLA Leave To Treat Depression: What You Need To Know

Rates of depression have increased since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Even before COVID-19, however, mental health issues were an increasing concern in the workplace. Employees may struggle when they need to treat depression. Some people might hesitate before they seek the help that they need. They might also be worried about logistical scheduling