How do I file for whistleblower protection?

How do I file for whistleblower protection?

Filing a Complaint

  1. An employee, or his or her representative, can file a whistleblower complaint with OSHA via mail, fax, telephone, in person, or online, against an employer for unlawful retaliation.
  2. It is imperative for the Complainant or his or her representative to provide OSHA with current contact information.

What do you need to know about a whistleblower?

A whistleblower is an employee who discloses information she or he believes proves illegal actions, massive fraud or waste, abuse, mismanagement, wrongdoing, or something of great risk to the public good. What is a Whistleblower? A whistleblower can be any person who learns of illegal or unethical actions within their company or department.

How long does it take to make a whistleblower case?

Whistleblower cases all happen in several steps. First, the whistleblower decides that he or she wants to report an allegation of misconduct. That means the employee might do research to confirm that what he or she believes to be improper actually is improper, and then the employee collects evidence. Those steps alone might take several months.

Are there whistleblower laws in the private sector?

“That is a big problem, because most employees, at least at the initial stages of a whistleblower situation, get it wrong, because there are over 50 whistleblower protection laws in the private sector, and they are all different,” says Stephen M. Kohn, partner at Washington, D.C.-based Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto.

What does it mean to be a whistleblower in the FCA?

Whistleblowers are called “relators” under the FCA. A relator would file a case in federal court (in secret) and provide the government a copy of the case. The government has 60 days for reviewing the case. It can decide if the case is worthy and has merit.

What do you need to know about being a whistleblower?

Whistleblowers put their jobs, reputations, and sometimes even physical well-being on the line to report fraud, criminal violations, or threats to the environment and public safety. To help reduce risks to whistleblowers and their families, the National Whistleblower Center offers ten things every whistleblower needs to know.

Can a public sector employee be a whistleblower?

A: Under Section 11 (c) of the OSH Act, public sector employees, with the exception of Postal Service, are not covered. Other OSHA whistleblower laws may protect federal, state, and/or local government employees depending on the circumstances.

What happens if an employee files a whistleblower complaint?

A: If an employee files a whistleblower complaint under Section 11 (c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA will refer any underlying safety and health complaint to OSHA’s Safety and Health Enforcement Program for review of any occupational safety or health issues raised in the complaint.

Is there such a thing as a universal whistleblower law?

There is no universal whistleblower law. Your rights depend on the procedures set forth in over 50 different federal laws and countless state laws. The level of protection depends on what you disclose, to whom, and how. 2. Don’t believe media stereotypes.