In both Vermont and New Hampshire, the general rule is that employees are employed “at-will”. “At-will employees” can be fired at any time and for any reason. However, there are exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine. One of those exceptions is for whistleblowers. Both federal and New Hampshire law protect whistleblowers from being fired.
An employee cannot be fired for a reason that violates the state’s public policy. This means that an employee does not have to bring a whistleblower action or report fraud to the state or federal government to be protected. For example, if an employee was fired after complaining to her boss that certain actions being taken by the company were illegal, she could bring a wrongful discharge claim against the company alleging that she was wrongfully terminated for bringing the company’s illegal conduct to light.
The attorneys at the Cole Law Office represent both employers and employees in whistleblower retaliation cases. We have represented employees who were terminated after challenging the legality of their companies’ conduct. We also represent companies defending against spurious whistleblower retaliation claims. As part of our corporate representation, we regularly advise our clients how to avoid potential whistleblower retaliation claims.
For more information about whistleblower retaliation claims in New Hampshire and Vermont, or to schedule a confidential consultation, please email or call us at 800-909-LAWS (5297) today. Because all cases are subject to a statute of limitations or contract clauses that may limit the dates within which a lawsuit may be brought, call without delay to ensure you do not waive any of your rights.