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Know Your Rights Challenges and Obstacles Facing Whistleblowers

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Wed Feb 22, 2012.

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.

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