In the state of Georgia, “whistleblowers” are protected from retaliation by public employers. If you are employed by the state, or by any local government, the law protects your right to disclose violations of law by officials in your department.
Specifically, the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act, at O.C.G.A. § 45-1-4(d), provides:
(1) No public employer shall make, adopt, or enforce any policy or practice preventing a public employee from disclosing a violation of or noncompliance with a law, rule, or regulation to either a supervisor or a government agency.
(2) No public employer shall retaliate against a public employee for disclosing a violation of or noncompliance with a law, rule, or regulation to either a supervisor or a government agency, unless the disclosure was made with knowledge that the disclosure was false or with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity.
(3) No public employer shall retaliate against a public employee for objecting to, or refusing to participate in, any activity, policy, or practice of the public employer that the public employee has reasonable cause to believe is in violation of or noncompliance with a law, rule, or regulation.
We recently secured a landmark victory in the Georgia Supreme Court in the cases of Warren v. Fulton County and Colon vs. Fulton County, in which the High Court held that the local governments are not protected by sovereign immunity and that the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act covers all public employees in the State.
Additionally, we have vindicated our clients’ rights through several six figure settlements with Georgia state and local governments.
If you have been terminated, demoted, suspended, or otherwise retaliated against by a public employer after disclosing a violation of the law by a public official, the lawyers at Parks, Chesin & Walbert can help you. We have years of experience combating government fraud, waste and abuse.