DGAA bLAWg

How the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act Protects Whistleblowers

Web Admin - Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Illinois employment law attorneysFood is a necessary element of human survival. It is also the most common source of foodborne illness. To reduce the occurrence, companies that manufacture, process, package, distribute, transport, or otherwise participate in the handling of food are held to certain safety standards. Furthermore, employees are protected when they notify the authorities of a violation. Unfortunately, a company that is willing to violate safety standards may also be willing to violate employment laws. If you suspect that you were wrongfully terminated or otherwise retaliated against by your employer for whistleblowing, know your rights and your options.

Protections Offered to Whistleblowers

Under the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), employees are protected from employer retaliation if they provide information about a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C), or if they report an act that they reasonably believed to be a violation. This includes reports made to the employer, the state attorney general, or federal government. Employees are also protected when they refuse to participate in an act that they believe may be in violation of the FD&C, and/or if they participate in proceeding against their employer for a violation of the FD&C.

What is Employer Retaliation?

Retaliation from an employer can come in many forms. It could be a wrongful termination or a layoff, a demotion, disciplinary action, denial of a promotion, intimidation or threats, job reassignment, or blacklisting for employment within the same industry. Essentially, it is any negative action that affects your employment, income, or employability – all of which are strictly prohibited by law.

Understanding Your Rights

If you reported your employer for a violation or otherwise engaged in protected actions and suspect that you have been retaliated against by your employer, you have the right to file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If, upon investigation, your employer is found to have been in violation of the FSMA and the protections that it offers you, you may be owed compensation for your losses, including:

- Re-employment,
- Payment for lost wages,
- Restoration of benefits,
- Additional monetary or benefits relief.

How Our Employment Law Attorneys Can Help

Complaints involving a violation of the FSMA are complex and time sensitive matters. Furthermore, you need to ensure that all facts about your case are included in your claim. Our Arlington Heights, Illinois employment law attorneys know how to effectively navigate these complaints and can help ease the stress you may be feeling after the loss of employment, benefits, or income. To learn more, contact DGAA and schedule a confidential consultation today.

Ken Apicella
About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.


Source:https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3714.pdf

Recent Posts


Tags

natural gas explosion slip and fall disability benefits trauma after an accident Illinois workplace lawyer ACA civil litigation living trust benefits nursing home negligence forming a corporation in Illinois reckless homicide Home Sale Contingencies FSLA Schaumburg estate attorney personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Palatine law firm motorcycle accident Des Plaines tax law firm Arlington Heights Attorney Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers medical research Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Schaumburg real estate lawyer workplace sexual harassment estate attorney Chicago insurance law firm Palatine injury attorney Inverness probate lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney Illinois estate planning Illinois construction accident attorney Illinois Probate Act of 1975 products liability Inverness estate planning lawyer Barrington criminal defense lawyer Illinois trusts attorney FMLA Illinois speeding lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Palatine drug lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Illinois insurance claim attorney Crystal Lake tax lawyer Des Plaines drug lawyer Chicago biking tips Barrington litigation attorney Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Schaumburg employment attorney personal injury law firm insurance adjusters Barrington civil litigation attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois insurance lawyer trucking accidents Illinois estate planning attorney insurance dispute attorney Deer Park DUI lawyer Whistleblower Claims probate claims Illinois DUI attorney rent to own real estate contracts pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality traffic offenses Buffalo Grove employment lawyer filing a medical malpractice claim Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Crystal Lake employment attorney workers compensation benefits trust payments vacation home irrevocable trust investment property insurance denials Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Schaumburg criminal attorney Schaumburg probate attorney GM ignition switches Illinois civil litigation lawyer consent to a search traffic tickets privacy laws Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Illinois will lawyer fault based insurance Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Inverness real estate lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Do Not Resuscitate real estate closing Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyer DUI DGAA Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Barrington Traffic Lawyer drunk driving statistics Chicago employment lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers probate process defective products lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Inverness real estate attorney Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Palatine estate planning lawyer personal injury lawyer rollover accidents Palatine real estate lawyer Inverness traffic law firm insurance agents Illinois bicycle safety insurance dispute Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer condo traffic violations defense Chicago trucking accident attorney bicycle dooring accidents insurance denial appeals Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys bad faith insurance claims hit and run accident Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Chicago lawyer foreclosure ken apicella elder abuse Palatine Attorney trusts Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer real estate contract slip and fall accidents drug possession life insurance accidental death benefits Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney revenge porn Chicago estate planning insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Chicago estate planning lawyer Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Illinois estate planning law firm Schaumburg injury lawyer medical marijuana Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys homestead rights Illinois workers compensation attorney unauthorized overtime Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Illinois business law atorneys Deer Park personal injury lawyer manufacturing liens Chicago will attorney elder law Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Illinois employment law attorney Illinois LLC creation Illinois medical malpractice claim Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Barrington estate planning attorney Affordable Care Act Illinois personal injury lawyer probate claims process product liability insurance claims Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney bike accident employment attorney Des Plaines criminal attorney insurance claim denial traffic crimes Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Des Plaines claims law firm clemency Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Transfer on Death Instrument marijuana crimes attorney Chicago attorney Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer caregiver tax attorney workers comp life insurance claims digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers employee discrimination drunk driving Palatine criminal defense lawyer foreclosed rental property wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace real estate zoning uninsured motorist Barrington workers compensation attorney mass shooting civil litigation attorney Illinois in terrorem provision overtime pay Palatine civil attorney Palatine elder law attorney rollover car crashes Palatine workers compensation lawyer insurance agent negligence subcontractor estate planning for college students license reinstatement underfunded trust guardianship attorney traffic laws Illinois employment law Illinois Human Rights Act car crashes senior citizens Schaumburg criminal law attorney breach of contract Des Plaines personal injury attorney wills and trusts employment law employment law, Illinois employment laws drug crimes lawyer Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Schaumburg insurance lawyers murder wrongful termination digital information underinsured motorist denied insurance claim federal regulations for LLCs Crystal Lake car accident attorney Rolling Meadows business lawyer swimming pools Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer income distribution deducation boating under the influence dynasty trusts condo association Palatine civil litigation lawyer Barrington injury attorney startup company Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Inverness personal injury attorney preventable medical errors Schaumburg employment law attorneys Palatine punch death privacy Forcible Entry Palatine business attorney employees owner responsibility Chicago insurance claim attorneys llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association criminal defense commercial leasing estate plan Chicago employment attorney Schaumburg personal injury lawyers cell phone accidents Retaliatory Discharge special needs trust traffic accidents Long Grove real estate attorney construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Illinois traffic laws employment lawyer real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows traffic law firm DMV Palatine employment law lawyer insurance claim denials motorcycle accident lawyer Class A misdemeanor Illinois medical malpractice case Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Illinois Smoke Detector Act employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys loopholes vacation home fines pedestrian accidents Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer insurance negligence digital assets Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, car accident jet ski accidents texting and driving license revocation child safety head on collisions Schaumburg estate planning lawyer comparative negligence Illinois real estate speeding murder charges Exclusions Arlington Heights tax lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer life insurance lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Barrington drug crime attorney Crystal Lake law firm traffic deaths Buffalo Grove corporate attorney anesthesia errors health insurance dispute Palatine probate lawyer Schaumburg car accident attorney Illinois employment lawyer Rolling Meadows compensatory time Thanksgiving Schaumburg personal injury attorney personal injury attorney Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer civil rights violation Arlington Heights injury attorney landlord tenant law Deer Park employment law attorney Crystal Lake employment lawyer employment contract meal breaks Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Inverness civil lawyer Long Grove estate planning Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Illinois employment laws Barrington employment law firm pregnant women Illinois defective products attorney Barrington attorney Arlington Heights personal injury attorney criminal record estate planning attorney medical malpractice license suspension auto accidents Schaumburg civil litigation attorney digital evidence icy parking lots healthcare claims Illinois insurance attorney Mount Prospect elder law attorney medication errors Crystal Lake business law attorneys employee misclassification Illinois tax attorney Illinois workers compensation lawyer power of attorney Joliet general practice lawyers small business food poisoning sole proprietorship liability Illinois living will Illinois Sales Representative Act TBI estate planning lawyer defective products Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Home Remodeling Repair Act Rolling Meadows real estate attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Long Grove real estate lawyer Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Crystal Lake injury attorney pain and suffering Long Grove estate planning attorney surgical mistakes BAC Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer automated cars personal injury accidents license comp time Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers capital gains tax Des Plaines insurance attorney blended families Schaumburg traffic lawyer social media after death Long Grove estate planning attorneys Illinois traffic accident lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer Deer Park accident attorney car collision Deer Park traffic accident attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers rest breaks Liquor Control Act dram shop law Schaumburg estate planning attorney medical malpractice compensation institutional trustee Illinois personal injury Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm underage DUI traumatic brain injury Crystal Lake insurance lawyer cell phone Barrington criminal lawyer Chicago car accident lawyer no contest clauses Illinois traffic attorneys hiring employees IRA benefits Illinois workplace discrimination attorney pedestrian-automobile accident Kenilworth estate planning attorney Arlington Heights insurance attorney estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Deer Park traffic lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Palatine corporate law attorneys South Barrington real estate attorney Schaumburg Attorney work unions Rolling Meadows employment attorney Colin H. Gilbert Des Plaines DUI attorney Riverwoods estate planning lawyer pet bites healthcare probate fees Crystal Lake will lawyer texting while driving Illinois medical malpractice attorney power of attorney for healthcare Barrington estate planning lawyer insurance claim agent traffic violations personal injury claims right to work Illinois home inspection Crystal Lake traffic attorney Des Plaines pet law attorney sexual images Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act premises liability Barrington medical malpractice lawyers crossover accidents driving insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys natural gas corporate law Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents car accidents boating accidents suspended license landlord unpaid assessment living trust vs will real estate attorney Palatine employment lawyer Illinois wills and trusts attorneys workers compensation boating DUI Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyer insurance claim dispute Illinois attorney Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Deer Park criminal attorney insurance attorney Illinois insurance disputes CAM Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer unfunded trust minimum wage Illinois law IRELA college kids Illinois personal injury attorney life insurance policy Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer commercial leases appealing an insurance claim dog bites Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney golf accidents IRS Illinois probate lawyer creditors Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer financial advisors living wills paid sick leave Schaumburg Legal Info Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney BUI deed transfer Illinois pet lawyer bicycle accidents Illinois small business real estate leasing breathalyzer test Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Des Plaines injury law firm Illinois rollover accident lawyers Barrington employment attorney medical malpractice claims Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Crystal Lake accident attorney Palatine traffic lawyer spinal cord injuries Schaumburg corporate attorney Palatine corporate attorney Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer involuntary manslaughter residential real estate criminal traumatic brain injuries ObamaCare real estate Illinois red light cameras rumble strips mortgage Illinois job attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Palatine personal injury lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer insurance disputes Illinois car accident attorney federal crimes blood alcohol content Illinois business lawyer Illinois employment law attorneys jet ski holiday statistics Illinois lawyer business litigation Inverness injury lawyer Schaumburg elder law lawyer POA wills hands free device Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer liability claims Illinois mortgages Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers denial of life insurance insurance claim dispute attorney home inspection lawyer Palatine insurance lawyer Barrington employment law attorney real estate attorneys Landlord Tenant Ordinance estate planning trusts probate lawyer Des Plaines real estate attorney Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney probate Chicago traffic lawyer contracts car accident lawyer Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer construction contracts independent contractor estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, truck collisions South Barrington real estate lawyer Illinois boating accident lawyer trench injuries Employment Discrimination Law Inverness accident lawyer sexual harassment Detainer Actions estate planning Illinois wills and trusts preventing accidents Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer new real estate form Inverness elder law lawyer Illinois injury lawyer Arlington Heights accident attorney Chicago corporate attorney severance agreements Palatine traffic accidents whistleblower protections Illinois employment attorneys Arlington Heights employment attorney advance healthcare directive Illinois elder law attorney Schaumburg drug defense lawyer car crash Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows insurance attorney insurance claim delay Policy Cancellation Illinois real estate lawyer loss of consortium Buffalo Grove probate lawyer Crystal Lake pet attorney Des Plaines accident attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer living trust estate tax unpaid overtime Barrington personal injury attorney Illinois criminal defense attorney Fourth of July Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer expungement fiduciary rule delay drugs caretaker rights Illinois insurance claims lawyers Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Fair Labor Standards Act pedestrian accident gift taxes Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer murder defense dealing with problem employees cell phone tower data Inverness corporate attorney trustee Buffalo Grove law firm employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, distracted driving accident victims Jay Andrew denied insurance claims taxes construction accidents PTSD employee rights commercial real estate installment contracts Des Plaines collections attorney DUI penalities Barrington boating accident attorney DUI attorney Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers DUI defense modern family estate planning Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Attorney Ken Apicella fiduciary rule LLCs Palatine trusts lawyer personal injury pet law Mt Prospect Attorney Illinois trucking safety car accident lawyers Illinois corporate lawyer drug crime Illinois collections attorney trucking accident lawyers wrongful death Illinois personal injury lawyers Illinois traffic attorney pay when paid contract attorney fees Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Des Plaines pizza emoji Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Super Mario Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Arlington Heights lawyer eluding a police officer Illinois driving without license Inverness insurance attorney Self-Directed IRA Accounts Arlington Heights TBI attorney deadly crashes Arlington Heights traffic attorney first degree murder Family Medical Leave Act digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, low-ball insurance settlement IRA trust transfer Illinois wrongful termination lawyer BAIID Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer brain injury Barrington business law firm fatal car accidents back injuries Barrington personal injury lawyer Palatine employment attorney field sobriety test changes to mortgage law Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Palatine construction attorney drug crimes DNR job lawyers School Visitation Rights Act Illinois registered agent personal injury claim car crash injuries marijuana distracted driving accidents controlled substance problem employees criminal law spinal cord injury Crystal Lake car accident lawyer internet wage theft Illinois employment law firm overtime violations operating agreements Illinois traffic ticket lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Inverness DUI lawyer Colin Gilbert

Archive