A whistleblower is a person who reports some sort of wrongdoing for the public good.  Typically, they report wrongdoing within their own organizaiton.  Many whistleblowers face reprisals, and retaliaiton for being whistleblowers.  Some laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers.

If you are a whistleblower it is very important that you understandand exactly what is protected and what is not protected.  

Right now in Connecticut, if you are a whistleblower the law protects you only if you make your reports to a public agency.  If you report wrongdoing to your supervisor you have no protection.  

The problem with this rule is that most people do not know the rule, and they report to their supervisor first.  Then they end up getting fired.  They have no protection. 

There is legislation pending in the legislature to change this rule, but as of this writing the rule is this:  You only have whistleblower protection if you report to a public agency.  

If you or anyone you know is a whistleblower, and you want to bring a lawsuit to enforce your rights contact the whistleblower lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211. 

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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