D.C.’s Amended Whistleblower Protection Act: The Gold Standard for Public Sector Whistleblower Protection
BNA published an article by whistleblower attorneys Jason Zuckerman and Scott Oswald titled D.C.’s Amended Whistleblower Protection Act: The Gold Standard for Public Sector Whistleblower Protection. The article discusses recent amendments to the DC Whistleblower Protection Act, which is the strongest public sector whistleblower protection statute in the United States.
Recent amendments to the DC Whistleblower Protection Act extend the statute of limitations, provide for individual liability, eliminate the “duty speech” defense, exempt WPA claims from the pre-suit notice requirement of D.C. Code § 12-309, broaden the scope of actionable adverse actions, and authorize the Mayor to provide a monetary reward to whistleblowers.
Whistleblower attorney Jason Zuckerman drafted some of the amendments to the DC Whistleblower Protection Act, testified to a DC Council Committee about the amendments and worked to enact the amendments. Zuckerman concludes the BNA article by recommending that other states adopt similar robust whistleblower protection laws.
Experienced Washington DC Whistleblower Protection Act Lawyers
Zuckerman Law has represented whistleblowers before the Office of Special Counsel, Offices of Inspectors General, and Congressional oversight committees. The firm is uniquely qualified to represent whistleblowers in the federal government because two of the firm’s attorneys served in senior roles at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
- Eric Bachman served as Deputy Special Counsel, Litigation and Legal Affairs, OSC, where he spearheaded an initiative to combat whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During Bachman’s tenure at OSC, the number of favorable actions for whistleblowers increased by over 50% agency-wide.
- Jason Zuckerman served as Senior Legal Advisor to the Special Counsel at OSC, where he worked on implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act and several high-profile investigations.
The firm has represented whistleblowers testifying before the House Financial Services Committee and vigorously opposed efforts to silence whistleblowers. The whistleblower protection lawyers at Zuckerman Law have also helped federal employees combat unlawful gag provisions in agency policies or agreements.