A Survey Of State Whistleblower Statutes

Law360, New York (October 20, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Prior to the enactment of state whistleblower statutes, state laws did not interfere with an employer’s right to discharge an at-will employee; in the absence of a contract, employment was at-will, terminable without cause.

State whistleblower statutes are designed to protect whistleblowers—employees who oppose or disclose employer wrongdoing. In general, these statutes make it unlawful for employers to take adverse employment action against employees who disclose, object, or refuse to participate in certain actions that are illegal, or are reasonably believed to be, or that violate...
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