Whistleblowing & Retaliation FAQs

What or who is a whistleblower?

The term whistleblower describes an employee who reports or complains about unlawful conduct happening at work. A wide variety of statutes and laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers.

For information about laws covering whistleblowers, take a look at our whistleblower page.

Can my co-workers be retaliated against for assisting me in my employment law case?

Under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, witnesses, including current or former co-workers, are protected from retaliation for helping you with your claim.  It is important illegal conduct is reported and punished. This is why employment laws adamantly provide protection for you and co-workers that help with your claim.