Can My Employer Fire Me for Reporting Violations of Law?

The Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA) protects employees who report illegal activity, or “blow the whistle,” at work. The MWA prohibits employers from discharging, disciplining, threatening, discriminating against, or penalizing an employee in relation to compensation or the terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because an employee reported illegal activity.[1]

You are protected under the MWA if you make a good faith report of a violation, suspected violation, or planned violation of any state or federal law, common law, or rule.[2] These categories are very broad and protect a wide range of conduct. You are protected whether you make this report to your employer or any governmental body or law enforcement official.[3] In addition and separately, you have the same protections if a public body or office requests that you participate in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry.[4]

Whistleblower protections include, for example, reporting violations relating to COVID-19, state or federal workplace safety rules, criminal violations, securities laws, and virtually any other type of legal rule, law or regulation.

If you have questions about whistleblower rights contact us. Or if believe that your employer has terminated your employment or treated you unfairly after you reported illegal activity, contact us. Our experienced Minnesota employment law attorneys would be happy to discuss your case and help you understand your legal rights and options.


[1] Minn. Stat. § 181.932, subd. 1(3).

[2] Minn. Stat. § 181.932, subd. 1(1).

[3] Minn. Stat. § 181.932, subd. 1(1).

[4] Minn. Stat. § 181.932, subd. 1(2).