Category Archives: Whistleblower Rights

What Are the Retaliation Laws in Texas?

A retaliation claim is similar to, but different from, a discrimination claim.  The discrimination statutes protect various employees with various characteristics, from race to sex to disability status to immigration status.  The discrimination statutes also protect people who engage in certain activities, from claiming family or medical leave to serving on a jury to joining a… Read More »

Senator Grassley Criticizes Proposed New IRS Whistleblower Regulations

The Internal Revenue Code has contained a limited qui tam whistleblower provision for many years. The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 greatly expanded these provisions.  The new provisions are contained in section 7623(b) of the Code.  Among other things, a whistleblower can receive an awared equal to 15% to 30% of the… Read More »

Texas Supreme Court: Reporting Illegal Activity to a Supervisor Does Not Satisfy the Whistleblower Statute

The Texas Supreme Court decided two cases today that address whistleblower rights under the Texas Whistleblower Act.  The Act provides protections for whistleblowers who work for the state government.  Normally, a suit against a state government entity would be barred by sovereign immunity.  The Act provides an exemption from sovereign immunity and allows a whistleblower suit, but only if… Read More »