In the state of Georgia, “whistleblowers” are protected from retaliation by public employers. If you are employed by the state, or by any local government, the law protects your right to disclose violations of law by officials in your department.
Specifically, the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act, at O.C.G.A. § 45-1-4(d), provides:
We recently secured a landmark victory in the Georgia Supreme Court in the cases of Warren v. Fulton County and Colon vs. Fulton County, in which the High Court held that the local governments are not protected by sovereign immunity and that the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act covers all public employees in the State.
Additionally, we have vindicated our clients’ rights through several six figure settlements with Georgia state and local governments.
If you have been terminated, demoted, suspended, or otherwise retaliated against by a public employer after disclosing a violation of the law by a public official, the lawyers at Parks, Chesin & Walbert can help you. We have years of experience combating government fraud, waste and abuse.
Parks, Chesin & Walbert is active in pursuing claims by corporate executives brought under the Sarbanes-Oxley law (“SOX”) and its whistleblower provision that protects employees who report wrongdoing by publicly traded corporate employers from retaliation. In 2017 alone, PCW reached confidential settlements totaling approximately $3 million for clients with SOX claims.