I have repeatedly reported on the legal challenges facing whistleblowers in New York. Too often, public employees who experience retaliation for exercising their “free-speech” rights are afforded no remedy.
New York State’s whistleblower statute (Civil Service Law §75-b) is weak and essentially without any utility. Consequently, whistleblowers in the public sector typically rely on their First Amendment rights when their mere utterances result in retaliation. Unfortunately, these very same Constitutional workplace rights have been eroded in recent years.