Q & A Session – Whistleblower Protection?


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I complained about the cancellation to replace unsafe flooring to my Commanding Officer, as well as to OSHA, DODIG and my Senator. I was terminated after my complaints and 24 hours before my probationary period was finished. Is there anything I can do?


The U.S. Office of Special Counsel might consider your case if you can show the activity that led to our removal was protected whistleblowing. In general terms, whistleblowing is the disclosure of a violation of law, rule or regulation, gross mismanagement, gross financial irregularity, abuse of authority or a specific threat to health or safety.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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