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Texas Whistleblower Laws

It is illegal to fire or otherwise retaliate against an employee who reports the illegal or unethical acts of the employer. States, including Texas, have so-called "whistleblower" laws top protect employees. In Texas, however, only public employees are protected from such retaliation. Workers in Texas may sue for back pay, benefits and seniority, in addition to other damages claimed in a suit.

Learn more about Texas whistleblower laws in the table and links below. See Whistleblower Retaliation Could Land You in Trouble for more details.

Code Section Gov. 554.001 et seq.
Prohibited Employer Activity Can not suspend, terminate or take other adverse personnel action if employee reports a violation of law by employer or other employee
Protection for Public or Private Employees? Public
Opportunity for Employer to Correct? -
Remedies Must report to appropriate law enforcement authority, then exhaust grievance or appeal process before suing no later than 90th day after violation, for injunction, actual damages, court costs and reasonable attorney fees. May also get reinstatement, back pay, full fringe benefits, seniority rights, and set maximum on compensatory damages
Penalties Supervisor, maximum $15,000 fine

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Texas whistleblower attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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