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 worked in a field setting away from headquarters command. I reported some wrongdoings committed by a federal supervisor and local co-workers. In response to my actions, my immediate supervisor had me removed from my field position. After several interviews with me and a couple of managers in my chain of command, the deputy director of my program and examination of documents I presented to her, she determined that management was at fault and that I should not have been removed from my position. Although the deputy made attempts to send me back, the program would not accept me back. What type of recourse do I have?
You have described whistleblower retaliation, assuming your disclosures are protected. To be protected, your disclosure must allege a violation of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross financial irregularity; abuse of authority; or specific threat to health or safety. You can go to OSC.gov to leave how to file a complaint.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.
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