Court Rules Agencies Can Launch Retaliatory Investigations Into Whistleblowers

By Eric Katz – April 13, 2020 Federal agencies can launch retaliatory investigations against employees who blow the whistle on wrongdoing without violating anti-reprisal laws, a federal court has said in a precedent-setting ruling. While agencies cannot dock pay, deny promotions or engage in several other retaliatory personnel actions against whistleblowers, investigating a worker who…

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Whistleblowing Works: How Inspectors General Respond to and Protect Whistleblowers

Issued July 30, 2019 To illustrate the importance of individuals coming forward to report waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct to Offices of Inspector General (OIG), we used the search function on Oversight.gov and identified many examples of OIG investigations, audits, and reviews initiated or advanced because of a whistleblower disclosure. We present a sample of…

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EEOC report: Almost half of all complaints are allegations of reprisal/retaliation

EEOC report paints an Uncle Sam all too human It would be nice to think of Uncle Sam as an employer above reproach, one who does not stoop to common human frailties such as revenge and retribution. Retaliation is one of those weaknesses. It’s not unusual for federal whistleblowers to feel the retaliatory sting of…

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