House Introduces Bill to Protect Private-Sector Whistleblowers Against Retaliation

October 1, 2012

On September 13, 2012, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), along with cosponsors Dale Kildee (D-MI) and George Miller (D-CA), introduced the “Private Sector Whistleblower Protection Streamlining Act of 2012” (H.R. 6409). If passed, the bill would enhance the protections against retaliation afforded to private-sector whistleblowers who disclose information they reasonably believe evidences the following:

In addition, the bill would establish a new Whistleblower Protection Office in the Department of Labor, which would hear cases alleging retaliation by whistleblowers who disclosed information about their employer. The bill would further establish an administrative review board within the Department of Labor that would have authority to decide appeals from administrative decisions regarding claims of retaliation and issue final agency decisions on behalf of the secretary of labor. The bill was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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