Case Study: Tides V. Boeing

Law360, New York (June 2, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT) -- Are whistleblowers protected when they disclose alleged wrongdoing to the media? It depends on the statute under which they seek protection and whether that statute describes the categories of recipients to whom the information may be disclosed or is silent on the issue.

The Whistleblower Protection Act, 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(8) protects “any disclosure” by federal employees without limitation or qualification as to the recipient of the whistleblower’s information. It has been held to protect employees who disclose alleged wrongdoing to the media. See, e.g., Horton...
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