The former chief of operations at Selfridge Air National Guard Base claims his position was eliminated in retaliation for his whistle-blower activities.
Part of the chief’s job was supervising private contractors and construction companies working on government contracts. The chief claims he continually brought evidence of building code violations, fraud and abuse to the attention of his supervisors—who ignored him. Eventually his position was eliminated. He filed suit against the state.
Investigate complaints: Although we don’t have the state’s story yet, the employer’s best recourse would be to show that the complaints were taken seriously and investigated. Further, the state better be able to show a legitimate business reason for eliminating the chief’s position.