Every worker has the right to report violations of workplace safety and other laws. An employer cannot retaliate against you for exercising your rights under the Department of Labor’s whistleblower protection laws. Retaliation includes such actions as firing or laying off, demoting, denying overtime or promotion, or reducing pay or hours.
The U.S. Department of Labor carries out its mission through a number of agencies. Five agencies enforce whistleblower and anti-retaliation laws:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
- Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
- Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
- Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)