Whistleblower Protection Act

By: Dee Wampler

 

The whistleblower protection act (1989) is a law that protects Federal government employees from retaliatory action for voluntary disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring at a government organization[1]

Lawmakers have recognized the crucial service whistleblowers provide in holding organizations accountable for wrongdoing.

You can report directly to the office of special counsel on any violation of the law, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or substantial or specific danger to public health or safety.

It is important the whistleblower provide reliable firsthand knowledge of misconduct. Speculation and second hand information is not enough. You must also prove that you previously disclosed the misconduct and the official who took, threatened, or influenced an adverse personnel action against you such as firing, transfer, demotion, pay cut knew of your disclosure and that your disclosure was a contributing factor in the adverse actions against you.

Missouri courts specifically protect any reporting of wrongdoing or violations of law or public policy by the employer or fellow employees to supervisors or third parties. Refusing to perform an illegal act or an act contrary to a strong mandate of public policy.

The law states that a supervisor may not require the employee to give notice to the supervisor before reporting the violation or misdeed to the proper authorities.[2]

On June 30, 2017 Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 43 into law. No employer or agent shall discharge or in any way discriminate against any employee for exercising any of these rights [3]  regarding reporting matters under Missouri’s workman compensation law.

[1] 5 USC Chapter 7 Sec 1201;103 Stat 16 (April 1989)

[2] RSMo 105.055

[3] RSMo 287.780

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About the Author:

Dee Wampler
Dee Wampler has practiced law for 50 years has received many awards and honors. As Greene County’s youngest elected Prosecuting Attorney at the age of 29, Wampler’s reputation was quickly established as a leading trial attorney. Dee was an original organizer and first president Crimestoppers. Wampler has published over 250 articles for Law Enforcement Journals, and authored six books: Missouri Criminal Law Handbook; The Trial of Christ; The Myth of Separation Between Church and State; Standing on the Front Line; Defending Yourself Against Cops in Missouri, and other Strange Places; and One Nation Under God. His knowledge of criminal law and trial tactics is widely recognized.

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