Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
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I see. Thank you for sharing this additional information. It sounds as though the company is engaging in multiple violations, including wage and hour violations. State law does typically protect workers who report violations, but before you report this employer, it would be best to first retain a local employment law attorney to assist you in protecting your rights.
Whistleblower lawsuits can be worth significant damages, but you must have significant proof of the violations, that you reported the violations, and that the employer retaliated against you because you reported the violations. An experienced attorney can assist you in gathering such evidence so you have a strong case.
It does sound as though there is a high risk here that the employer will retaliate against you, even though unlawful, so I would not take any further steps typically until you have retain a local employment law attorney. Look for ones who take employment retaliation cases on a contingency fee basis so there is no fee unless they prevail on your behalf.
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