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DC Government Whistleblowers

Employees in DC, MD, VA
District of Columbia Whistleblowers Protection Act 

 Most District of Columbia government employees have the right to blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse without fear of suffering retaliation.   

Protected whistleblowing happens when a D.C. employee discovers and reports to a supervisor or any public body something which they feel is:

  • a violation of law, rule, contract, or regulation
  • gross waste
  • gross mismanagement 
  • abuse of authority or 
  • a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. 

Your agency may not take, recommend, order or threaten a personnel action against you because you made a protected whistleblowing disclosure.  The following are personnel actions that are covered by the law:

  • selection for a job;
  • a promotion;
  • failure to take favorable personnel actions;
  • discipline such as suspension, removal, demotion in grade or pay; 
  • a detail, transfer, or reassignment;
  • a reinstatement, restoration, or reemployment; 
  • a performance evaluation;
  • an investigation;
  • a decision concerning pay, benefits, awards, education or training;
  • a decision to order psychiatric testing or examination; and
  • retaliating in any other manner.

 If we can prove a connection between your whistleblowing and a personnel action, you may be entitled to relief.  Relief for DC employees includes restoration or reinstatement to a prior job; back pay with benefits and interest; recoupment of other losses, such as used leave and medical costs; and attorney fees.  Significantly, DC employees may recover compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering.  The DC whistleblowing program also gives incentives to encourage DC employees to disclose waste, fraud and abuse.  If your whistleblowing saves the DC government over $100,000, you may be eligible for a reward of $5,000 to $50,000. 

An individual may be able to pursue a whistleblowing claim through several avenues.  Because each case is different, you should consult with an attorney to determine which avenues are open to you.  

If you are a DC Government employee suffering whistleblowing retaliation and want to know your rights, contact us. We are committed to giving you information and tools to choose the right path for your case, to maximize your leverage as you try to save your job and career, and to persuasively present your case to the right federal authorities to preserve and protect your rights.  During an initial consultation, we can evaluate whether you may have a DC whistleblowing retaliation claim and advise you how to pursue your claim, identify deadlines, and discuss options for legal representation.  

 

 

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