Office of Special Counsel (OSC)/Whistleblower Retaliation
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or OSC, is an independent federal agency which protects and seeks corrective action for federal employees enduring whistleblower retaliation and/or other prohibited personnel practices. Additionally, the OSC is a safe means for federal workers to disclose violations of:
- law, rule or regulation;
- gross mismanagement;
- a gross waste of funds;
- an abuse of authority; and
- a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.
Any engagement with the OSC should be at the guidance of a proven attorney in order to provide the best possible chance at success.
The Federal Practice Group stands behind federal employees who are facing retaliation because they “blew the whistle” on fraud, waste, or abuse by a federal agency. We can represent you in filing a prohibited personnel practice complaint with OSC if you have faced such retaliation for being a whistleblower, and can also assist federal employees who are looking for a safe place to make a protected disclosure of fraud, waste, and abuse. The Federal Practice Group also represents whistleblowers bringing Individual Right of Action (IRA) appeals before the MSPB.
Have You Been Subject to Retaliation Due to Whistleblowing?
When a federal employee blows the whistle by making a protected disclosure of violations of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; a gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; and a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, and then suffers an adverse action or consequences such as removal, suspension, demotion, or even a hostile work environment as a result of blowing the whistle, that employee has the right to file a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel, which, in turn, may launch an investigation into the reprisal, or even prosecute in cases where appropriate.
In a whistleblower complaint, OSC will look for evidence that the whistleblowing was what is called a “contributing factor” in the adverse personnel action threatened, taken, or not taken against you. OSC will also look at whether the agency can demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that it would have taken the same action in the absence of the whistleblowing.
If the OSC does not pursue investigating the complaint, the individual has 65 days from the notification date to file an Individual Right of Action, or IRA, appeal with the MSPB.
What Relief is Available if I Suffered Whistleblower Retaliation?
The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) signed by President Obama allows for whistleblowers to be granted corrective action (e.g., rescission of the adverse action in question), consequential damages (out of pocket costs caused by the retaliation), compensatory damages (monetary damages for pain and suffering, harm to reputation, etc.), and reimbursement of attorney’s fees.
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The Federal Practice Group has a long-standing history of success in assisting federal employees in dealings with the Office of Special Counsel including initiating a claim, working with the OSC in investigation and prosecution, or transitioning to an MSPB appeals claim in cases where the OSC declines to pursue the claim.
- More than 100 years of combined experience handling federal matters.
- Skilled litigators who have demonstrated the proven ability to secure results.
- Team of insightful legal advocates who work to protect federal employees.
Our firm can determine the legitimacy of any case, worldwide, and will work hard to provide the highest-quality level of legal service available nationwide. We can help you pursue an OSC claim for protection, or reimbursement for lost wages due to inappropriate retribution.
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The proven attorneys at The Federal Practice Group have over a century of combined experience successfully assisting federal employees through the most difficult periods of their lives and careers.