Protect Vulnerable Government Whistleblowers
Sign the Petition Today!
Just in the past year alone, government whistleblowers have exposed abuse of migrants in detention centers, risks to food safety from contaminated pork, efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into a presidential candidate, and problems with the government’s response to the coronavirus. Whistleblowers are essential to a functional and informed democracy and an accountable government, but they don’t have the protection they deserve.
The current law that protects the rights of federal employees to disclose waste, fraud, abuse and threats to public health and safety is dangerously weak. Federal employees are vulnerable to retaliation at a time when the public needs information provided by whistleblowers more than ever.
Sign the petition demanding better protections for government whistleblowers now.
The Problem & The Solution
Congress passed the landmark Whistleblower Protection Act in 1978 and updated the law through the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) in 2012. But critical reforms are needed to make whistleblower protection a reality.
An updated WPEA must:
- Grant employees the right to a jury trial in federal court;
- Give whistleblowers the right to challenge retaliatory investigations;
- Extend temporary relief to whistleblowers whenever they prove a prima facie case of retaliation (i.e., when they have met their burden of proof in support of every element of their whistleblower retaliation claim);
- Extend whistleblower rights beyond protection from workplace retaliation, giving whistleblowers a legal defense against civil or criminal liability (protections which currently exist in the European Union and Ukraine).
The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act will continue to be a source of false hope until it is strong enough to enforce its mandate. Only when these reforms are made will we ensure those who defend the public have a fair chance to defend themselves.
Support truth-tellers by adding your name to this Open Letter to the President and Congress urging better protections for the whistleblowers who protect all of us.