Do I Have Protections as a Whistleblower in Virginia?

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While performing their job duties, employees may uncover that their employer is engaging in unlawful conduct and may approach their employer regarding this conduct. If an employee is then terminated, demoted, blacklisted, or otherwise disciplined for approaching their employer about unlawful conduct, this may be considered whistleblower retaliation.

Retaliation is illegal in Virginia under certain state and federal laws. Under state law, employees are protected under Virginia’s whistleblower law. Virginia put this act in place to give freedom and protection for employees to speak up against illegal conduct by their employer.

Continue reading to discover what is considered retaliation for whistleblowing and learn about Virginia’s whistleblower law. If you require legal assistance after being retaliated by your employer, do not hesitate to contact our experienced employment law firm. We are prepared to take on your case today. Give us a call to schedule your initial consultation.

What is considered retaliation for whistleblowing?

Even though whistleblowers intend to make right or put their employer on notice of wrongdoing, whistleblowers may face retaliation for their actions. Some of the most common forms of retaliation against whistleblowers are as follows:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Demotions
  • Blacklisting
  • Reducing their pay
  • Other types of disciplinary action

If you believe you have been retaliated against as a whistleblower, reach out to our experienced Virginia employment lawyer who can fight for your rights in court.

Virginia’s Whistleblower Law

According to Virginia law, an “employer shall not discharge, discipline, threaten, discriminate against, or penalize an employee, or take other retaliatory action regarding an employee’s compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment” for engaging in certain forms of whistleblowing.

For example, Virginia employees are protected from retaliation if they report a violation of any law or regulation or refuse to participate in a criminal act or an act that would violate a federal or state law or regulation.
Whistleblowers are valued for ensuring workplaces are safe and follow the law. They play a key role in the protection of workers across Virginia. Contact Passero Employment Law today to discover the ways you can protect yourself if you have been retaliated against as a whistleblower.


At Passero Employment Law, we understand it is difficult to confront problems in the workplace or face litigation. With that in mind, we take a solutions-oriented approach to our representation – focusing on the right process and the right solution for each of our clients. If you need help with an employment law matter in Virginia, you can count on Passero Employment Law to effectively represent your interests. To discuss your case, do not hesitate to contact Passero Employment Law.

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