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Detailing Louisiana's whistleblower protections

Many from Baton Rouge have come to members of our team here at Robert B. Landry III, PLC wrestling with the issue of whether or not they should report statutory and/or regulatory violations made by their employers. If you have witnessed such actions, your loyalty to your employer and the gratitude you feel for all it has done for you and your family may be what is holding you back. Yet if you are like most, your reluctance has more to do with the fear that you may be retaliated against if you come forward. 

Fortunately, the law protects you in such a scenario. Section 42-1169 of Louisiana's Revised Statutes says that it is unlawful for you to be targeted for disciplinary action by your employer (when you are a public employee) in response to you reporting a violation of the law or any other improprieties it may have committed. If you are fired, suspended or see your workflow reduced in retaliation, this law mandates that you be reinstated to your previous position and be compensated for any lost wages or benefits you may have missed. This statute also extends to contracted employees and entities. 

Both public and private employees are protected by state statute 30-2027, which says that you cannot be retaliated against for reporting when your employer commits a violation of any environment act or law. If you are, this statute entitles you to compensation for all of the fees including for initiating legal action, as well as damages up to triple the amount in lost or limited wages you may have received over the course of three years of regular employment. 

You can learn more about the whistleblower protections the state affords to you by continuing to explore our site.  


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