Hempstead Supervisor Gillen Announces "Whistleblower Protection Act" Proposal To Protect Employees From Retaliation

Published On: 2018-07-30 20:47:41

-Today, July 30th is National Whistleblower Protection Day –

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) July 30th, 2018 - Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen announced she has introduced the Town’s first “Whistleblower Protection Act” in order to establish official procedures to protect employees who disclose illegal or improper governmental activities from government retaliation and adverse reprisal.

The Whistleblower Protection Act protects Town employees who report or disclose information that they reasonably, and in good faith, believe to be a violation of any law, rule, policy or regulation. The law would also pertain to any evidence relating to gross mismanagement, or wasting of taxpayer money, such as abuse of authority, misuse of Town property, and the procurement of supplies or services that unreasonably exceeds the appropriate industry standard.

“My office has received dozens of anonymous tips and complaints from Town employees who are afraid to come out of the shadows because of fears of reprisal,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “When an employee feels they have witnessed or have evidence of a potential crime, or example of taxpayer waste, they should have every right to report it to the Town without fear of repercussions.”

The Act would also allow employees to report potential waste, fraud and abuse not only directly to the Town attorney, but also to their supervisors, department heads, Town Supervisor, District Attorney or U.S. Attorney, if they feel there is a conflict.

“The Town’s employees are the greatest assets we have, and must be protected whenever they feel money is being wasted, or witness any potential wrongdoing,” said Gillen. “As America’s largest Township, I am not only tasked with protecting the budget, but also safeguarding thousands of honest and hardworking employees.” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen.

There are approximately 3,800 active employees in the Town of Hempstead.

July 30, 2018 marks the 240th anniversary of the first national whistleblower law, which was passed by the Second Continental Congress during the height of the American Revolution.