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Florida school principal files whistleblower lawsuit against superintendent

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The assistant principal of a Tallahassee, Fla., middle school has filed a lawsuit against the Leon County Schools Superintendent alleging the official retaliated against her after she exposed suspicious irregularities in the school’s financial records, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. According to the Democrat, Kimberly Hackett, who has worked for the Leon County school district for more than a decade, filed the complaint in Leon County Circuit Court earlier this month, claiming she was demoted, stripped of her responsibilities, and shuffled around within the district’s administrative offices after she reported her concerns in writing to the principal of ... Read More

Whistleblower suing California city for alleged retaliation seeks $5 million

MCFARLAND, Calif.—A long-time McFarland city employee who says city officials retaliated against and humiliated him for blowing the whistle on corruption and other wrongdoing among certain police and city officials has filed a lawsuit against the city seeking $5 million in damages. Former McFarland Public Works Director Reynaldo DeLeon said in a news release that in 2011 he became aware that a number of police officers, including Police Chief Greg Herrington, had been hired into McFarland’s police department after being fired from the Banning, Calif., police department amid allegations of misconduct. Mr. DeLeon, whose responsibilities included police vehicle maintenance, also ... Read More

OSHA orders reinstatement of engineer fired for raising safety concerns at Kansas nuclear site

BURLINGTON, KS – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Enercon Services Inc., an engineering services firm based in Kennesaw, Ga., to reinstate and pay back wages to a senior engineer who alleges he was fired for raising safety concerns at a Kansas nuclear energy facility. After investigating the claim, OSHA found the engineer’s termination was a violation of whistleblower provisions under the Energy Reorganization Act. The agency proposed that Enercon pay $261,153 in back wages, compensatory damages, interest and attorney’s fees to the engineer. The investigation determined that Enercon fired the licensed professional civil and structural ... Read More

Whistleblower film raises fundamental questions about American rights and freedom

U.S. filmmaker Jim Spione, whose Academy Award nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad portrayed the transformation of one infantryman after witnessing the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of Iraqi civilians by U.S. combat helicopters, is now in post-production with a new film documenting the experiences of four federal whistleblowers. Aptly called SILENCED for the retaliation truth tellers often endure, the film “follows a group of high-profile truthtellers who dared to question official national security policy in post 9-11 America, and have endured harsh consequences,” Mr. Spione explains on the website Kickstarter, a funding platform for ... Read More

Back wages, corrective action ordered for two Connecticut whistleblowers

HARTFORD, CONN — Two Connecticut workers who were allegedly fired for reporting safety and health concerns to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will receive back wages and interest from their previous employers. OSHA obtained consent judgments from Connecticut’s U.S. District Court requiring the employers – Parker Medical Inc., a maker of x-ray imaging components, and a Brookfield, Conn-based dentist – to compensate the terminated employees and take other corrective actions. On Feb. 17, 2009, the Parker Medical employee filed a complaint with OSHA’s Hartford Office, which began an inspection two days later. Parker Medical terminated the employee the ... Read More

OSHA establishes new website to support whistleblowers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled a new website this week dedicated to providing would-be whistleblowers with encouragement and protection. According to OSHA, “workers who ‘blow the whistle’ on prohibited or unlawful practices in the workplace or report safety and health discrimination play an important role” in keeping employers in line with federal laws. The website – www.whistleblower.gov – is designed to provide workers, employers, and the public with easily accessible information about the 18 federal whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA currently administers. While the information is available on OSHA’s main website, the agency wanted to make it ... Read More

Fear of Retaliation

Phil Kadner, a reporter for the Southtown Star in Illinios, recently told of a heartbreaking visit to his office by an elderly gentleman whose wife recently died while under care in a nursing home. Crying, the man told Kadner he was afraid to complain about what he saw as neglectful treatment, fearing the nursing home staff would retaliate by treating her worse. The man recounted deficiencies including a room with no telephone or oxygen supply hook-up (requiring portable tanks to be wheeled in when needed), an ill-fitting oxygen mask, and problems with medications, among other things. Worried about “retaliation,” as ... Read More