Federal Employees Last Year Broke Record for Proving Retaliation By Managers

Government Executive: The agency tasked with protecting federal employees from whistleblower retaliation and other actions prohibited by civil service laws issued a record number of decisions favorable to workers last year, sending what it called a “warning” to federal supervisors not to engage in improper conduct.

Of the complaints the Office of Special Counsel processed and closed in fiscal 2017, 9 percent received a favorable outcome for the employees, the agency said in its recently released annual report. The 323 favorable results stemming from prohibited personnel practices cases marked the highest total in OSC’s nearly 40-year history, the agency said, and a 16 percent increase from the previous year. About three-quarters of those cases were from whistleblower retaliation complaints.

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