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Were your whistleblower rights violated?

What if you're a federal employee who saw a coworker breaking the law, but when you reported the behavior to your supervisor, you were told to keep quiet? Would you tell your supervisor's boss about what happened? Would you go to the appropriate legal authorities and tell them what's going on?

Jackson teacher wins whistleblower lawsuit

Jackson Public Schools was ordered to pay a teacher $388,485 in both economic and punitive damages on March 7. After more than a week of trial and litigation, a dispute that began in 2015 was finally settled. However, the school board still has a 30-day period in which they can appeal the decision.

Whistleblower let go from hospital

A nurse anesthetist, who was allegedly on contract with Sparrow Carson Hospital, complained to the State of Michigan in October about an orthopedic surgeon on staff by the hospital. On Nov. 2, an investigation was opened due to his complaint. Shortly after, the anesthetist was let go from his work at the hospital.

Whistleblower for TSA wins Supreme Court decision

In the wake of 9/11, a TSA federal air marshal unleashed information that TSA's Federal Air Marshal Service intended to remove air marshals from transcontinental flights. These were flights that were targeted for another terrorist attack by Al Qaeda per a confirmed 2003 plan.

Flint water contamination trial and whistleblower testimony

The trial is underway in Flint, Mich., regarding citywide lead water contamination. Three suspended employees and one fired employee from the Department of Environmental Quality are charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in the office.

Being a whistleblower may take some bravery

If you see something going on at your business or with your employer that you know is wrong, do you have what it takes to be a whistleblower? It is not unusual to not want to be the one to expose unethical practices or illegal activity. It can be scary to say the least, and for good reason.

How does Michigan protect whistleblowers?

The Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act was passed into law in 1980. It protects employees who have the integrity and courage to speak up when they know something unethical is going on at their place of business. A whistleblower is defined as "a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity."

Nurses union files suit over whistleblower provision violations

According to a group of Michigan nurses with the Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, there are serious safety issues at this health care facility. Allegations include inadequate staffing, patient harm and poor conditions just to name three. The nurses union to which these professionals belong also claims that hospital leaders "violated the whistleblower provisions of the Michigan Public Health Code."

Exploring the government's whistleblower bill of rights

Once a person has blown the whistle on corruption, ethics violations and other illegal activities, it is virtually impossible to back out of the situation. That is why it is so important to weigh the situation carefully before going forward. One thing that may make potential whistleblowers feel better about speaking out is learning about their rights as a whistleblower.

Whistleblower lawsuit in Michigan township is finally settled

You have probably heard about the recent whistleblower suit targeting Michigan's Clay Township. The case received a great deal of press throughout 2017. A recent report indicates that the suit involving Clay Township and former Fire Chief, Daryl DuPage, has finally been resolved.

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