What do you do if your employer asks you to do something illegal?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2014 | Employer Retaliation |

If you are a diligent worker, the chances are that you are generally ready to take on any challenge presented to you by your employer. If you give it your all, the chances are you’ll achieve whatever is required with little worry. But what if that task requires you to do something illegal or something that puts your safety at risk?

It sounds like an outlandish suggestion, but it is a scenario that all too many employees in Indiana have had to face. Do you refuse and risk losing your job, or follow orders and risk legal repercussions? While the answer may seem difficult, there is only one real choice in this situation. You should not endanger yourself for the sake of your employer, whether in terms of your health or by breaching the law.

As this article on whistle-blowing explains, while you may fear retribution, if your employer chooses to fire you for refusing the instruction, he or she becomes guilty of retaliatory discharge. It may seem like a lot to go through, but irresponsible and untrustworthy employers need to be held accountable for their actions.

If you are still worries about the consequences, your attorney may be able to reassure you. He or she will be able to analyze the details of your case and advise you on the best course of action to take. Your attorney may even be able to support you in filing a claim if your employer dismisses you as an act of retaliation. This means that not only does your employer get the comeuppance he or she deserves, but you may even have a chance of regaining your position.


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