Arizona law prohibits retaliation against an employee who "blew the whistle" on unlawful conduct. The Arizona legislature has defined "whistleblowing" as:
The disclosure by the employee in a reasonable manner that the employee has information or a reasonable belief that the employer, or an employee of the employer, has violated, is violating or will violate the Constitution of Arizona or statutes of this state to either the employer or a representative of the employer who the employee reasonably believes is in a managerial or supervisory position and has the authority to investigate the information provided by the employee and take action to prevent further violations of the Constitution of Arizona or statutes of this state or an employee of a public body or political subdivision of this state or any agency of a public body or political subdivision.
The law protects employees against wrongful termination based on reports of an employer's violations of state law. In other words, Arizona law recognizes that a state-law whistleblower can sue if they have been fired, or subjected to adverse employment action.
What constitutes a "whistleblower," however, depends on the particular facts of the case. If you believe that you have been fired or mistreated because you blew the whistle on your employer, or if you are an employer being accused of firing a whistleblower, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.