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GAO Report Criticizes OSHA’s Handling of Whistleblower Law

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that whistleblowers who point out illegal activities under a wide range of federal laws are often unprotected from retaliation. OSHA is responsible for investigating whistleblower complaints under 17 federal laws. The GAO report found that inadequate tracking of complaints and insufficient resources resulted in weak protections for whistleblowers, with only one in five complaints upheld. The National COSH and our allies have called for stronger protections for whistleblowers as part of our policy agenda entitled “Protecting Workers on the Job: Seven Priorities for Federal action in 2009.”

Read more about our policy agenda here.

See the full GAO report here.