What is whistleblower retaliation?
Whistleblower retaliation occurs when an employee with authority to do so takes or fails to take, or threatens to take or fail to take, a personnel action against another employee because such employee made a protected disclosure.
What is a protected disclosure?
A protected disclosure is a disclosure that the employee believes evidences:
1. A violation of any law, rule, or regulation;
2. A gross waste of funds;
3. Gross mismanagement;
4. An abuse of authority; or
5. A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.