Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 was created to protect employees from employer retaliation in the event they have exposed unlawful conduct taking place within the organization. The law is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and prohibits companies from taking rash actions including suspending, demoting, discharging, and harassing the whistleblower. In the event an organization does retaliate against an employee, they could face a series of punishments involving fines and lawsuits. Other consequences could be loss of reputation and a damaged company image. Under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, employees who have been wrongfully treated, have the option of filing a lawsuit against their employer.
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