The Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits retaliation against federal employees, applicants, or former employees for disclosing the following types of government wrongdoing:
- a violation of any law, rule, or regulation;
- gross mismanagement;
- gross waste of funds;
- abuse of authority; or
- a substantial or specific danger to public health or safety.
(5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(8). The WPA also protects an employee’s right to file, assist,or participate in a complaint, appeal, or grievance. See 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(9).