State-by-State Guide to Whistleblower Coverage

Besides statutes protecting whistleblowers in general, most states protect whistleblowers in specific areas, such as employment of minors, abuse of children, nursing home violations, or wage and hour vio-lations. Whether the whistleblower is protected in a specific area depends on the state.

The following is a state-by-state guide to some of the different areas where whistleblowers are protected if they report violations in those areas:

  • ALABAMA: Child labor violations.
  • ALASKA: Occupational safety and health violations, the Alaskan Railroad Company violations, child care facilities violations, assisted living homes violations, legislative employees violations.
  • ARIZONA: Water quality control violations, occupational safety and health violations.
  • ARKANSAS: Civil rights violations, fair housing violations, long term care violations.
  • CALIFORNIA: State universities violations, savings associations violations, health care facilities violations, elderly care facilities violations, occupational safety and health violations, toxic substances violations, fraudulent unemployment actions violations, mental health facilities violations.
  • COLORADO: Minimum wage law violations, false disclosures to the state violations.
  • CONNECTICUT: Environmental violations, information to auditors or public accountants violations, child care violations, violations committed by leaders or employees of a foundation violations, civil rights violations, collective bargaining for state employees violations, public schools violations, nursing homes violations, minimum wage violations, Labor Relations Act violations, child abuse violations.
  • DELAWARE: Public and private schools violations, nursing homes violations, civil rights violations, workers compensation fraud violations, long term care facilities violations, child labor violations, minimum wage violations, firefighters violations, public works contractors violations, hazardous chemical control.
  • DISTRICT of COLUMBIA: Procurement issues violations, discrimination and civil rights violations, unfair labor practices violations, workers compensation fraud violations, minimum wage violations, occupational safety and health violations, long term care facilities violations.
  • FLORIDA: Child abuse violations, long term care facilities violations, continuing care facilities violations.
  • GEORGIA: Fraud in state programs violations, unfair labor practices violations, gender discrimination in minimum wage laws violations.
  • HAWAII: Unfair labor practices violations, elder care violations, minimum wage laws violations, civil rights violations, occupational safety and health violations.
  • IDAHO: Sanitation violations on farms violations, fair wage law violations, environmental protection violations, PCB waste disposal violations, minimum wage laws violations, state human rights law violations, long term care facilities violations.
  • ILLINOIS: Field sanitation for agricultural workers violations, prevailing wage law violations, disclosures by transportation authority workers violations, civil rights laws violations, migrant worker conditions violations, unfair labor practices violations, public and private schools violations, elder care violations, nursing home facilities violations, minimum wage laws violations, equal pay laws violations, occupational safety and health violations, toxic substances violations.
  • INDIANA: Elder care violations, health care facilities violations, long term care facilities violations, education violations, political subdivisions violations.
  • IOWA: Collective bargaining violations, public health facility personnel violations, civil rights violations.
  • KANSAS: Reporting disease violations, child abuse violations, elder care violations, working conditions violations.
  • KENTUCKY: Occupational safety and health violations, long term facilities violations, firefighters violations.
  • LOUISIANA: Health care providers violations, lead hazard reduction licensing of certification violation violations, insurance code violations, hospitals violations, long-term care facilities violations, environmental laws violations.
  • MAINE: Human rights law violations, occupational safety and health violations, em-ployment practices violations, state universities violations, judicial branch violations, agricultural violations, public utility violations.
  • MARYLAND: Occupational safety and health violations, civil rights violations.
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Domestic service violations, health care violations, asbestos abatement violations, hazardous substances violations, child care violations, minimum wage violations, civil rights violations.
  • MICHIGAN: Adult care provider violations, civil rights violations, long-term care facility violations, occupational safety and health violations.
  • MINNESOTA: Child care facility violations, unfair labor practice violations, civil rights violations, occupational safety and health violations, health services violations, asbestos abatement violations.
  • MISSISSIPPI: Workers compensation violations, vulnerable adult violations.
  • MISSOURI: Nursing home violations, public health violations, Department of Correction violations, mental health facility violations, in home care provider violations, long term care facility violations.
  • MONTANA: Unlawful discrimination violations.
  • NEBRASKA: Occupational safety and health violations, unlawful discrimination violations, Industrial Relations Act violations, nursing home violations.
  • NEVADA: Long term care facility violations, occupational safety and health violations, mental health care facility violations.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: Hazardous waste law violations, human rights law violations, asbestos management and control violations, elder care violations, dog and horse racing facility violations, toxic substance control violations, child care facility violations.
  • NEW JERSEY: Ski tow lift and tramway violations, hazardous substance violations, civil rights violations, child abuse violations, occupational safety and health violations, minimum wage violations, elder care violations.
  • NEW MEXICO: Long term care facility violations, residential care facility violations, occupational safety and health violations, radiation control violations.
  • NEW YORK: Civil rights violations, elder care facility violations, occupational safety and health violations, minimum wage violations, Labor Relations Act violations, toxic substances control violations, health care facility violations.
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Long term care facility violations, violations of state law by department, agency or local political subdivision.
  • NORTH DAKOTA: Child abuse and welfare violations, adult care facility violations, mentally and physically handicapped violations, minimum wage law violations, long-term facility care violations, agency misuse of funds violations.
  • OHIO: Long term care facility violations, child care facility violations, minimum wage law violations, nursing home violations, health care facility violations, abuse of mentally handicapped adult violations.
  • OKLAHOMA: Children’s group home violations, civil rights violations, violations occurring in group homes for person with developmental or physical disabilities, child abuse violations, foster care violations, occupational safety and health violations, nursing home violations.
  • OREGON: Adult care facilities violations, long term care facilities violations, collective bargaining violations, occupational safety and health violations, civil rights violations.
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Occupational safety and health violations, radioactive waste violations, Community Right to Know Act violations, toxic substances violations, civil rights violations, seasonal farm workers rights violations, public utility company violations.
  • RHODE ISLAND: State hospital violations, long-term care facility violations, asbestos abatement violations, insurance company violations, HMO violations, non-profit hospital violations.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Occupational safety and health violations, long-term care facility violations.
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Civil rights violations, collective bargaining violations.
  • TENNESSEE: State educational system violations, nursing home facility violations, child care facility violations, mental health and disability facilities violations, adult care facilities violations, minimum wage violations, occupational health and safety violations.
  • TEXAS: Agricultural laborer violations, worker health and safety violations, immediate-term care facility violations, treatment facility violations, hospital and health care facility violations.
  • UTAH: Minimum wage law violations, occupational safety and health violations, long term care facility violations.
  • VERMONT: Occupational safety and health violations, Polygraph Protection Act violations, fair employment practices violations, state labor practices violations, long term care facilities violations.
  • VIRGINIA: Occupational safety and health violations, adult care facilities violations, child welfare protection violations, nursing home facilities violations.
  • WASHINGTON: Agricultural laborer violations, long-term care facility violations, minimum wage law violations, nursing home violations, state hospital violations.
  • WEST VIRGINIA: Miners health, safety and welfare protection violations, nursing home violations, personal care home violations, residential care violations, asbestos abatement violations, occupational safety and health violations, equal pay law violations, minimum wage law violations.
  • WISCONSIN: Residential care facility violations, long-term care facility violations, rural medical center violations, collective bargaining violations, solid waste facility violations.
  • WYOMING: Long-term care violations, equal pay act violations, occupational safety and health violations.

Inside State-by-State Guide to Whistleblower Coverage