A “whistleblower” is someone who reports something that is illegal or unsafe. It may be something done by your employer or a condition in the workplace that causes you concern. You have the right to report illegal or unsafe activity to your employer or an outside body or agency if your employer does not fix the problem. It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for reporting your concerns. Unlawful retaliation may include threatening or harassing you, changing your job responsibilities, transferring you, or terminating your employment.
Eastern Maine Law represents current and former employees in Whistleblower discrimination claims.
Employers rarely admit to Whistleblower retaliation, and it is not necessary to show direct evidence to prove a case. The timing alone can sometimes prove a retaliatory motive.
Cases can be resolved discreetly or they may go through the Maine Human Rights Commission or court. Sometimes cases go all the way to trial, but that is up to you. Eastern Maine Law is ready and willing to go to trial when necessary. The courtroom is not something to be feared or avoided. A trial is an opportunity for a case to be heard. A calm and tenacious advocate, John Gause embraces each opportunity to bring a client’s case to trial.
A successful outcome is one in which the client walks away feeling as though her rights were vindicated and she was fairly compensated for the wrong she suffered. John’s goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual client, and he does not stop until that happens.
Almost all of the cases we handle are on a contingency-fee. That means that the attorney’s fee comes out of the recovery in your case instead of charging you up front. If there is no recovery in a contingency-fee case you do not owe us anything.