In the context of employment, to "blow the whistle" is to contact the proper authorities about your employer's misuse of funds, pollution, fraud, or some other illegal or unconscionable act. All states have "whistleblower" laws to protect employees who blow the whistle from being terminated or otherwise retaliated against for their actions. Virtually all state whistleblower laws protect public sector employees, but many states also provide some protections for private sector employees as well. Employees who blow the whistle in good faith are protected by these laws, even if the alleged illegal activity is not confirmed by the authorities.
Rhode Island Whistleblower Protections at a Glance
See the following charts to learn more about Rhode Island's whistleblower protections. See FindLaw's Whistleblowers section for more articles and resources.
|Code Section||28-50-1, et seq.|
|Prohibited Employer Activity||Can not discharge, threaten, or otherwise discriminate if employee or representative reports to a public body or is about to regarding a violation of state or federal law, regulation or rule or because employee responds to an official request|
|Employee Acts Protected by Statute
|Protection for Public or Private Employees?||Both|
|Opportunity for Employer to Correct?||-|
|Remedies||Can file a civil action within 3 years of the violation for an injunction and/or actual damages including reinstatement, back pay, full fringe benefits and seniority rights, and attorney's fees|
Note: State laws can change at any time through the decisions of higher courts, the enactment of newly signed legislation, and other means. You should contact a Rhode Island employment law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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