Colorado workers like you have certain rights and protections that allow you to demand a safe, secure working environment at your place of employment. There are also certain programs in place to protect you if you call your work out if they aren’t able to provide this safety, or if they are engaged in illegal acts.
The United States Department of Labor discusses the whistleblower protection that is offered by the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, otherwise known as OSHA. Whistleblowers are the individuals who “blow the whistle” on improper practices or illegal situations in their places of work. In other words, they tell higher-ups and other authority figures whether or not something is being done illegally or immorally at their job. An example could be a worker reporting Federal Drug Administration violations, such as when corners are being cut when producing items that fall under the FDA’s jurisdiction.
Naturally, this can lead to employers or higher-ups trying to retaliate against the employee or worker that “sold them out”. Because of this, whistleblower protection exists. By registering for the whistleblower protection program, you allow yourself the protection of being unidentifiable. Not only that, but it protects you from unjust and unlawful actions that might be taken against you because of your decision to blow the whistle. An example of these actions may include an employer attempting to fire you or prevent you from getting promotions or opportunities you deserve.
For this and other reasons, whistleblower protection programs are a good option if you are concerned about your security and safety at work after bringing poor work practices to light.