The US Senate passed a bill on May 8 to expand protections proved to whistleblowers, according to sources. The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was passed by a unanimous vote. Now employees are protected if they choose to report any violations of law, rules or federal regulations. The bill also enhances the current employee rights.
“Whistleblowers are critical to effective, accountable government,” says Senator Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. “The American people deserve to know that whistleblowers will be protected when they have the courage to come forward to disclose wrongdoing.”
This is another step forward to ensure that workers are comfortable enough to come forward and speak out when an employer does something wrong or dangerous. The bill marks yet another milestone in the Government Accountability Project (GAP).
The mission of the GAP is to “promote corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empowering citizen activists.”
If you are aware that your employer, a corporation or government agency is engaging in illegal activity, it important that you are able to speak up without fear of retaliation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment law attorneys.