Federal Employment Law – Whistleblower Retaliation
The Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) protects federal employees from retaliation or suffering acts of revenge after disclosing illegal activities in their place of employment. Some of these illegal activities might include:
- Gross misconduct
- Misuse of funds
- False claims
- Safety violations
- Abuse of authority
Many employees, for good reason, are unfortunately reluctant to report any unlawful activities they observe on the job for fear of retaliation — losing their job, getting demoted, not getting a promotion, or being targeted for disciplinary action. However, this sort of retaliation is illegal under the Whistleblower Protection Act.
If you decide to report misconduct in your workplace and fear (or have already experienced) retaliation, protect yourself immediately by consulting with a whistleblower protection attorney. Federal employment lawyer Ronald P. Ackerman has years of experience in this field of law and will ensure your rights remain protected. He has represented many clients in Los Angeles and across the country.
How Your Federal Employment Attorney Can Help
As a federal employee, if you suffer adverse employment actions after whistleblowing, the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) offer you avenues to appeal. The Office of Special Counsel is a Federal Agency authorized to investigate allegations of fraud, waste, gross mismanagement and abuse of authority. The MSPB is a federal agency designed to give employees an opportunity to appeal adverse decisions against them if they believe the action was taken against them for reporting fraud, waste, gross mismanagement or abuse of authority. In the best-case scenario — such adverse actions can be reversed and damages can be awarded.
Federal and State legal actions differ in many ways, but in one way they're quite similar — the complex and confusing navigation of the legal process. This is why you need a qualified federal employment attorney by your side.
Get Help from a Los Angeles Federal Employment Lawyer Today
Remember, whistleblower retaliation is against the law. Ronald P. Ackerman can help you with your appeal in front of the MSPB or the Office of Special Counsel to work to get an adverse decision reversed. My familiarity with federal employment issues will help you navigate this crucial issue with confidence and trust. For a confidential consultation, contact my offices at 310-649-5300.