Peter Sperry

I have very mixed feelings on this issue. I have seen many instances where whistleblowers provided a critical public service. I have seen many more instances where an underperforming employee on a path to termination suddenly ‘blew the whistle” on a nonexistant or already solved problem in order to cast the termination efforts as prohibated retaliation under the Whistleblower Protection Act. I would say the ratio of legitimate whistleblowing to manipulating the system has been between 1 to 3 and 1 to 5. So part of the question must be “How do we reduce the need for whistleblowing, legitimate it when necessary and limit the ability of substandard employees to use it as a shield against otherwise reasonable discipline or termination proceedures?”