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Appeals court: Employee doesn’t have to be first whistle-blower to be protected

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Public employees are protected from retaliation for reporting wrongdoing at work, either within their chain of command or to appropriate authorities.

But what if several employees report the same alleged wrongdoing? Are they all protected even though the reported wrongdoing is known to the employer because another em­­ployee already brought it to the employer’s attention? According to a recent case, the answer is yes. A whistle-blower doesn’t have to be first for protection.

Recent case: Darren worked for the Los ­Ange­les County Sheriff’s Depart­­ment (LASD) as a deputy sheriff when he was appointed as the department’s liaison to a federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) task force investigating a large methamphetamine organization in the Antelope Valley.

The DEA task force was formed after Darren brought information to his command staff that a felony suspect, in exchange for leniency, was willing to provide the names of seve...(register to read more)

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