Employers face many temptations to violate the law. Owners and other stakeholders want profits maximized, and executives can even face termination for perceived failure to take advantage of opportunities to do so. Should you as an employee be forced to violate the law under threat of termination or other adverse action?
We at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., feel you should not be forced to do so and should not face employment consequences if you refuse.
- If you are an accountant, for example, or other financial professional, you face pressure to produce reports that are favorable to the employer and minimize taxes. But if you commit fraud or tax evasion, you are harming the government and potential investors receiving misleading information.
- You may be pressured to defeat your company's competition via illegal means such as appropriating trade secrets or other information, hacking into their websites, or in some way disparaging their products or services.
- You could be ordered not to hire minorities, violating the laws against discrimination.
- You could be ordered to secretly dump toxic waste or other pollutants into the environment.
Retaliation for refusing to engage in these types of unlawful conduct on behalf of your employer is illegal. Our lawyers can protect you and demand compensation if you have been fired or demoted for refusing to engage in illegal activity.
McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., fights for people whose legal rights have been violated. Contact us to discuss any pressure you are under to violate the law or retaliation you fear or have experienced. Contact an attorney via e-mail or call us in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 866-716-2315 for a free consultation about your legal options.
Larry Weisberg is the contributing author to this content.