Protecting Your Civil Rights

If you are an employee in Virginia and have “blown the whistle” about unethical actions by your employer, you are probably worried about workplace retaliation. However, federal whistleblower laws are in place to protect your civil rights and give you the power to take legal action if those rights are violated.

For more than 30 years, we have been assisting employees whose rights were violated in the workplace as a result of reporting their employer’s illegal activities. If you have a made a good-faith report about company wrongdoing in an attempt to encourage change or force accountability and were terminated or punished as a result, we may be able to help. In addition to showing you your options, we will rely on our vast knowledge of the state’s Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Protection Act and other state and federal protections to advocate on your behalf.

Common Whistleblower Claims

Virginia employees are protected from workplace retaliation or punishment related to their reporting of whistleblowing activities, including:

  • Workplace harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Tax fraud
  • Environmental violations
  • Health or safety code violations

If you believe you have a whistleblower claim and have been wrongfully terminated, we may be able to assist you by filing a wrongful discharge lawsuit with the appropriate court. Generally, the filing must be made within a certain amount of time after the retaliatory action took place. We can also help you determine whether you may be eligible for a reward from the Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Reward Fund. We serve clients throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia, including Alexandria and Fairfax.


When you’re ready to call, we’re ready to help. Reach us at 703-836-9030, or contact us here.

Employment Law Attorney

Andrea Downing

Andrea Downing is an associate at Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, PLLC, practicing employment law. Ms. Downing represents clients with employment law issues in federal and state courts, as well as in the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.


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