Typically, a whistleblower is an employee who discovers their employer is/might be violating the law and complains about it internally or externally. Then, in retaliation for the complaint the employee is fired, disciplined, demoted, etc.
Do I have to complaint to the Government to be a whistleblower? It depends. Some laws provide protections for internal complaints to an employer for an employee to be protected. Other laws require that the complaint be made to a governmental entity in order to obtain whistleblower protections. Because there are so many different types of whistleblower laws, it truly depends on the type of employer and the type of complaint.
If you believe you have been fired or treated differently at work in retaliation for making a complaint that you believe makes you a whistleblower, we are here to help you. Give the lawyers at Aarons Ward a call to see if we can help to keep Justice On Your Side.