Senate Passes More Protections for Whistleblowers

The Senate passed another Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act this week, designed to expand the scope of protections offered to whistleblowers, particularly as relates to protecting their careers. While previous acts have not resulted in the creation of significant new legislation, Senators are hoping this Act will be a game-changer for whistleblowers.

Key points of the new Act include:

  • Extending whistleblower protections to include employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and intelligence agency employees
  • Prohibiting the revocation of security clearances as a retaliation against whistleblowers
    Allowing employees to receive a trial by jury if they sue an agency for alleged whistleblower retaliations
  • Enforcing a five year hiatus of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal's monopoly on hearing whistleblower cases
  • Empowering the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) to discipline whistleblower retaliators

While most people agree that all these provisions would enhance the safety of governmental operations by allowing employees to securely report on unsafe or illegal activities, the Act still faces challenges before being passed into law. The Senate has passed four similar acts previously, but the House has not yet passed anything a single one.

Without legislated protections, whistleblowers put their careers at risk to bravely report their employer's illegal or dangerous activities in the interest of public safety. If you believe that you have been retaliated against by an employer as a result of a whistleblower disclosure, you may be entitled to compensation and a Houston personal injury attorney can help. Contact a personal injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin for a free consultation today.

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