Does Pennsylvania law protect “whistleblowers?”

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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The term “whistleblower” generally refers to an employee who reports some illegal or dangerous activity of the employer and is fired or otherwise disciplined as a result. Pennsylvania law has a whistleblower act. However, it applies only to employees of public sector employers. Recently, however, Pennsylvania courts have expanded the coverage of this act to apply to employers that receive public funds such as a hospital receiving reimbursement from government programs. If you believe you have been adversely affected in your employment because of reporting some illegal or unsafe practice, then you should consult some attorney to see if you are covered by this act.

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