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If you blow the whistle, watch out for retaliation

When you saw that your co-workers were making changes to the accounts on the shared drive, you didn’t think much of it at first. You knew that changes were often made to the account for new receipts or changes in expenses.

Then, you started noticing that one of the supervisors was starting to buy nice items that seemed above their paygrade. Looking closer at the accounting documents, you saw that they had reported some of those purchases as expenses for hours worked so that the clients would cover the costs.

Your first instinct was to report the fraud in your workplace because it was costing your clients more money. They were being charged for the fraudulent purchases that your supervisor was making, and it was unfair. You mentioned that you saw the unusual hourly charges to the supervisor. They laughed it off and told you to mind your own business.

You went to your employer and pointed out that you saw some discrepancies. They said they’d look into it. The next day, you came in and were told you were going to be let go for “harassing” the supervisor over their purchases.

How can you get your job back? Can you be compensated for how you’ve been treated?

This is a case where you may be able to file a whistleblower claim. When illegal activities are happening within a company, you should be able to report it to your own employer or government agency who may be interested in knowing about that activity. If you are retaliated against for doing so in good faith, then you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer for their behavior against you.