Whistleblower Reprisal

Whistleblower Reprisal

Whistleblower Reprisal

The Whistleblower Protection Act, 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(8), protects you from retaliation for disclosing what you 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 your normal job responsibilities.  Your complaint 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 you file a complaint with the OSC, it will investigate and may seek corrective action on the your behalf with the MSPB. If OSC does not seek corrective action on your behalf, you 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) you may appeal directly to the MSPB without first filing a complaint with OSC.

How we can help:

  • Initial consultation in evaluating your potential whistleblower disclosure or whistleblower reprisal complaint;
  • Filing Office of Inspector General Act complaints or disclosures with the OSC on your behalf (i.e., whistleblower disclosures);
  • Filing prohibited personnel practice complaints with the OSC;
  • Representation throughout the OSC investigation process; and
  • Representation before the MSPB in Individual Right of Action (IRA) appeals.