When it comes to speaking out about possible violations in the workplace, federal employees in Minnesota and across the nation often fear that taking that step might harm their personal and professional life. Fear of retaliation is a legitimate concern to have when it comes to reporting a violation of federal law by an employer. In these matters, whistleblower protections are initiated and help ensure the employee is not harmed by speaking out about the information they have uncovered about their employer or superiors.
Minnesota residents may have read about recent accusations of wrongdoing at the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's office. The controversy involves a man whom President Obama had nominated to run the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and so has become highly politically charged. However, at its heart, the accusations concern something that affects many Minnesotans: whistle-blower protection.
Workers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are most likely aware that in the past, whistleblowers were considered at best an annoyance by the federal government and rewarded through termination for bringing to light any wrong. However, the federal government's attitude has begun to change, particularly with the introduction of the whistleblower protection enhancement law.
An ex-employee of A&E's hit show "Storage Wars" has alleged that valuables found hidden in the abandoned storage lockers featured on the show are placed there by the producers themselves in order to cheat the viewers. The former employee has filed a lawsuit against the producers, claiming that the producers placed newspapers chronicling the death of Elvis Presley and a BMW mini in the lockers to make the show more dramatic. The ex-employee said that he was fired as a result of his complaints about the show's lack of ethics.