In order to file a whistleblower retaliation claim with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an employee or applicant must allege that a prohibited personnel practice occurred or was threatened as a result of the employee or applicant's protected whistleblower disclosure.
Our last blog post discussed the formal whistleblowing process for employees, former employees, and applicants who witness misconduct by the federal government.
A disclosure is a protected whistleblower disclosure if an employee or applicant discloses information which they reasonably believes helps prove:
The law prohibiting reprisal for whistleblowing requires proof that one or more of the following personnel actions occurred, or failed to occur, because of a legally protected disclosure:
If OSC fails to complete its review of a whistleblower reprisal allegation within 120 days, or if it closes a complaint without seeking corrective action, the employee or applicant alleging retaliation has the right to file an Individual Right of Action Appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
If you are a federal employee, former federal employee, or applicant for federal employment who blew the whistle and believes that you are being retaliated against as a result, the federal employee attorneys at Melville Johnson, P.C. may be able to help. Call or message us today using the form below to discuss your situation and learn how we can assist you.