Orlando, FL asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Federal Crimes for Florida

Q: My employer is committing fraud. I thought it was accidental and pointed it out, I was then bullied,

And intimidated by my coworker, our boss, our bosses boss who is also my coworkers mom. I filed an official grievance per comp policy over this. I have now been moved into a corner desk, restricted from speaking with coworkers, threatened with firing, and now they made a revision to our employee handbook removing retaliation, bullying, threatening, etc from the handbook essentially it is no longer against the rules so my official grievance is null & void and they are refusing to provide my copies of the grievances that are to be returned per comp policy in our handbook. I am going to be fired if I don't agree and sign the new handbook tomorrow. I have documented all this with personal emails to myself @ the time of events, filed a complaint with the eeoc, and secured proof the fraud currently being committed at the rate of 150 mill annually. Should I sign and get fired, refuse and get fired, either way they are firing me.

Roughly 500-600 employees.

2 Lawyer Answers
B. Elaine Jones
B. Elaine Jones
Answered

A: I would not sign the new handbook it you already believe that you will be fired. You did not mention how many employees the employer employs. I am assuming since you filed with the EEOC that it is at least 25. You really need to consult with and retain an employment law attorney. Most JUSTIA attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Contact one of us today. Good luck.

Sincerely,

B. Elaine Jones, Esquire

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Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson
Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Sarasota , FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Some considerations: Is it the government being defrauded? Is it likely there has been enough time for EEOC to inform the employer of the charge? If so to the second question it may increase or give rise to a retaliation claim. This issue is too important to discuss on a message board and you should contact an employment attorney.

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