Federal laws provide whistleblowers limited protection

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2020 | Blog |

Acting as a whistleblower can be a scary thing. If you live in Michigan and are considering whistleblowing we understand why you may hesitate, especially when considering potential personal and public backlash. However minimal, there are federal laws that provide whistleblowers protection. We are here to help clients take advantage of their protections as well as understand their limitations. 

A whistleblower is an employer who reports unethical, illegal or unsafe activities happening within an organization or company to an outside authority. If you think this relates to you, it is important to note three important federal laws that offer some protection: 

  • Inspector General Act of 1978 
  • Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 
  • Whistle-Blower Protection Act of 1989 

The IGA is a robust law that protects your identity and your job. Under this law officials presiding over the case cannot threaten your position, or reveal your identity without your permission. The CSRA gives employees the right to supply information to lawmakers and outside sources. Finally, the WBPA is a law that protects you and your job; your employer cannot retaliate by firing or demoting you. Although designed to safeguard whistleblowers, these laws have their limitations, especially when it comes to identity protection and remaining anonymous, which is why we are always happy to help clients with these sensitive matters. 

Whistleblowers are important in preserving a safe and legal work atmosphere. However, it is important to be cautious; understanding the nuances of these laws can help protect your job, safety and well-being. For more information on this subject, please visit our pages related to whistleblower laws and protection.