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Austin Whistleblower Attorney

Serving Whistleblowers Throughout Texas

Whistleblowers - those who report wrongdoing by their employer - can face hostility and punishment from companies that want to silence them. The first matter of business for whistleblowers is to protect themselves. Calling on a Texas whistleblower claims attorney can help whistleblowers navigate through the complicated rules and detrimental situations they may face.

At the Law Offices of Kell A. Simon, I provide personal attention from a seasoned whistleblower attorney - Kell Simon - who has helped clients in Austin and across Texas successfully resolve these complex claims. As a lawyer with more than 15 years of experience and certification as a labor and employment law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is well-equipped to handle even the most difficult whistleblower cases.

State And Federal Protection For Whistleblowers

Both federal and Texas laws are in place to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and blackballing. Congress established these laws to protect shareholders. In turn, these whistleblower laws are designed to protect people who risk their reputation and employment to protect shareholders.

Examples of these laws include the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank acts, which protect employees who work for publicly traded companies. Employees who work for companies that operate under the Securities and Exchange Commission reporting rules are protected against retaliation when they expose violations of federal laws. This includes reporting securities, bank, mail and wire fraud.

If an employer is covered under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the company may not act in a heavy-handed manner to retaliate against or silence a whistleblower. The following actions by a company may be characterized as retaliatory under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act:

  • Refusal of overtime pay

  • Any intimidation
  • Release from employment
  • Promotion denial
  • Threatening speech
  • Intimidation
  • Unfair discipline
  • Reducing job duties
  • Reduction of hours of work
  • Lowering the employee's compensation

Whistleblowers who have suffered any retaliatory acts may be awarded lost wages plus interest, special compensation damages, attorney and witness fees, and litigation expenses.

"I highly recommend Kell A. Simon for legal counsel. He has a high level of integrity, professionalism and command of his area of expertise." - Employment law client, 2013

Time Is Of The Essence In Whistleblower Claims. Contact Us Today.

The time in which you can file a claim under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other state and federal regulations is limited. If you believe that a company has retaliated against you or attempted to silence you for reporting misconduct, contact us immediately at 512-898-9019.