Federal whistleblowers need to be free of employer reprisals

| Aug 6, 2020 | Whistleblower Protection

Do American federal workers who perform an exemplary service that broadly benefits the public deserve kudos or an employer’s wrath and job termination?

That’s not exactly a hard question to answer, is it?

And yet despite the obvious response, it is sadly the case that legions of employees who report workplace wrongdoing – which collectively defrauds the public of nearly incalculable taxpayer monies – get the proverbial sharp stick in the eye rather than the carrot.

We note that grossly unjust outcome at the national legal offices of the pro-employee Devadoss Law Firm. We underscore on our website that persons who come forward to report wrongdoing in the federal work realm are often “discriminated against, given undesirable assignments or otherwise retaliated against for blowing the whistle.”

That whistle reference is of course in regard to so-called whistleblowers, who often summon considerable courage to alert the public of illegal conduct (e.g., waste, bribery, illegal contracts and more) in the work sector. We duly note that such individuals not only have the right to blow the whistle on misconduct in the federal sphere, but also have an unqualified expectation that they will not be retaliated against for doing so.

And yet they often are. Reprisals are sometimes crudely obvious, but retaliatory behavior can also be materially disguised and subtle. In either case, whistleblowers often find themselves disadvantaged through loss of pay, job demotion, scathing performance reviews, humiliating call outs and more.

They don’t have to endure it. Both federal and state laws exist to protect whistleblowers against employer retaliation. A proven and aggressive legal team can provide further information.

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