Broad Whistleblower Protection Under The Federal Stimulus Law

Source: Jyotin Hamid and Mary Beth Hogan, New York Law Journal, May 26, 2009

In response to concerns about waste of stimulus funds, the act includes a broad employee whistleblower provision, §1553, which provides for a private right of action for employees who claim that they have been retaliated against for making certain complaints about their employers’ handling of stimulus funds. This article provides an overview of the features of §1553, highlights several aspects of the provision that are broader than other whistleblower statutes with which employers may be more familiar and examines a number of important, unanswered questions about how the law will be interpreted and applied.

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