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Workers' Whistleblower Rights Under Environmental Law

Factsheet of the "Protecting Workers Who Exercize Rights" Project of the National COSH Network

There are rights that you have under federal environmental laws that protect you from being fired or harassed by your boss for reporting illegal or potentially illegal activities. You can protect both the environment and your job. It is against the law for your boss to fire, demote or harass you because you did not want to break these environmental laws. You are not protected if you assist in breaking the law!

These laws are :

How Do You Use These Laws to Protect Yourself?

If you were fired or harassed by your boss for refusing to break one of the environmental laws or for bringing illegal activity under these laws to the attention of government authorities - to protect your rights, you must :


You must act quickly to preserve your rights!!!

This material has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, under grant #46A7-HT51. These materials do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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