Powerful Legal Protections for Virginia Whistleblowers
Are you a Virginia-based employee who is aware of wrongdoing at your company?
- For instance, do you know of overbilling of Medicare, underpayment of employees, illegal discrimination, or tax fraud?
- Or do you work for a government contractor that is ripping off taxpayers?
- Have you suffered reprisal — or even termination — because you raised concerns about illegal activity?
If you are a Virginia whistleblower, a new law is on your side.
The Virginia Whistleblower Protection Act (VWPA) took effect on July 1, 2020. It protects employees in Virginia from retaliation for reporting wrongdoing by their employers; for refusing to engage in illegal acts on behalf of their employers; or for providing official investigators with information about their employers' conduct. Along with other state and federal laws that may apply, it has transformed Virginia into one of the more whistleblower-friendly states in the U.S.
If you have been punished — or even just threatened — for reporting wrongdoing or refusing to participate in illegal activity, the VWPA may entitle you to remedies that range from reinstatement to an injunction to money damages, along with reasonable attorney fees and costs.