The Whistleblower Protection Act, 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(8), protects federal employees from retaliation for disclosing what they reasonably believe to constitute a violation of law, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific safety violation outside of their normal job responsibilities.
Federal employee complaints of whistleblower reprisal may be filed with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) or, if the claim involves a suspension of 15 days or more, demotion, or removal, directly with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). If the employee files a complaint with the OSC, it will investigate and may seek corrective action on the employee’s behalf with the MSPB. If not, the employee may file an Individual Right of Action (IRA) Appeal with the MSPB. In adverse action cases (demotions, suspensions of more than 14 days, or removals) an employee may appeal directly to the MSPB without first filing a complaint with OSC.
Contact The Jeffrey Law Group, PLLC, The Federal Employee’s Law Firm®, today at 202.312.7100 for an initial consultation.