Whistleblower Represented by Kirby G. Smith Wins on Retaliation Claim

January 20, 2015 Whistleblowing

I was happy to help Dr. Candace Carter, a biologist for the National Parks Service, win her whistleblower retaliation claim. Dr. Carter was punished by management after she reported her supervisor’s misappropriation of funds via improper use of her government credit card. For federal employees it is important to note that this case was dismissed by the Office of Special Counsel and successfully appealed. The OSC dismisses cases routinely that have substantial merit, so if your case was dismissed and you’re ready to drop it, don’t without at least discussing the facts with an attorney first. Any private employees reading this result should keep in mind that federal employees have much stronger protection from whistleblower retaliation. If you are a private employee in Georgia and you are considering reporting or have reported a similar circumstance, your only clear route to protect yourself in the event of retaliation is through a Sarbanes-Oxley claim, which is only available for publicly-traded companies. Read more about the case and the result via National Parks Traveler.