It often takes courage to do the right thing. This is true in all areas of life, including the workplace.
Reporting the unlawful or unethical acts of an employer can be especially difficult. The employer may subject the employee to acts of retaliation such as harassment, demotion or job loss.
It is important for employees to remember that these acts of retaliation are illegal.
Employees have rights when it comes to blowing the whistle on an employer. They are protected from retaliation for speaking out against the illegal or discriminatory acts by an employer.
A recent whistleblower case
In a recent case, James J. Wilson, a longtime employee of the United States Office of Special Counsel was retaliated against by senior officials after he filed complaints about the actions of leadership with the Counsel of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
Wilson reported conduct that he deemed to be improper, unfair or ethically questionable. After filing the complaint, he experienced various forms of retaliation that included significant changes to working conditions, a letter of reprimand, and threats of removal.
He was also subject to an unwarranted and suspicious investigation.
According to the affidavit, these actions created a hostile work environment for Wilson. This made it difficult for him to perform his job duties. He missed work and started to have chronic daily headaches.
Wilson filed a whistleblower retaliation claim with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the date has been set for the hearing.
Legal help for whistleblowers
Whistleblower retaliation can happen in any government agency.
Speaking out against an employer’s actions can be a frightening thing to do. Fortunately, the law protects whistleblowers. An attorney can ensure that the whistleblower’s rights and job are protected.
It is important to act quickly and seek assistance from a law firm that specifically handles federal employee whistleblower cases. An attorney can help elevate your case to the MSPB after a set waiting period, so you don’t have to sit waiting for your specific agency to react.
Free consultation: Contact an attorney who represents federal employee whistleblowers. Call The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., at 888-351-0424, for representation nationwide.