Litigation Attorney in Chicago
Whistleblower & Dodd-Frank Claims
It should go without saying that workers have the right to stand up for
themselves and their coworkers if they feel that they are being unfairly
discriminated against or that a law is being broken in the workplace.
There are too many cases, however, of whistleblowers being retaliated
against for doing just that. The pressure to remain silent in the workplace
can be a reason why many people choose not to stand up for what is right
for fear of harassment or even of losing their job.
One should never have to make the choice between doing what is right and
keeping their employment!
Lawmakers have implemented protections to aid those who have reported discrimination
or other unlawful conduct against retaliation. As a former floor trader
and brokerage executive, Chicago whistle blower lawyer R. Tamara de Silva
is familiar with the many federal and state laws that provide whistleblowers
with the protection they deserve.
The Rights of the Whistleblower
Whistleblowing is a big decision, but it is encouraged because it can:
- Help the SEC identify and take action against possible fraud and other
- Protect investors
- Preserve U.S. capital markets
- Expedite the process of holding lawbreakers accountable for their misconduct
- Help you recover your job and wages
There are several protections available to whistleblowers that prohibit
retaliation for exercising their legal rights. These protections vary
depending on the circumstances of each individual case.
For example, the Civil Rights Act, the
Americans with Disabilities Act, and the
Age Discrimination in Employment Act, in conjunction with each state's own individual provisions, are in
place to protect those who have filed a complaint, acted as a witness,
cooperated with investigators, or exercised any other legally protected
actions in response to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Additionally, federal and state wage laws protect employees against retaliation
for raising concerns about illegal wage practices or for filing agency
complaints and/or lawsuits.
Other circumstances can fall under the protection of Sarbanes-Oxley and
Dodd-Frank whistleblower laws, which often work in tandem with each other
to encourage employees to come forward with information and suspicions
of fraudulent activity and other acts of malfeasance.
Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections
Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection
Act offers protection to employees in the financial industry who have
suffered negative employment action as a result of reporting to the Securities
Exchange Commission to sue for lost wages and other reimbursement. Additionally,
it provides a monetary award for original information that leads to successful
enforcement action, equivalent to between 10% and 30% of the monetary
Knowledgeable Advice for Chicago Whistleblowers
If you have been considering acting as a whistleblower, Attorney R. Tamara
de Silva understands the weight of your decision. Retaining her experienced
legal counsel can provide you with the confidence you need to proceed
with your case. Don't stand by as others infringe upon your rights
– fight for what you are entitled to with a hard-working Chicago
whistle blower lawyer on your side!
Contact the Law Offices of R. Tamara de Silva today at (312) 265-3256 or
fill out a brief form to set up your
free case evaluation.