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Michigan lieutenant cites whistleblower protection in complaint

In order to create a safe environment free from fear of retaliation or job loss, employees who report alleged wrongdoings in the workplace are legally protected under the federal Whistleblower Protection Program. A Michigan police officer claims that he was on the receiving end of retaliatory action after he reported some possible misconduct in his unit. He has since filed a whistleblower protection complaint.

The lieutenant had recently taken over command of the local narcotics section when he apparently noticed a few red flags. He claims that there was missing drug evidence that one sergeant never turned in. Another sergeant with the unit may have kept expensive seized items, such as TVs and an Xbox 360, for himself.

Concerned, he reported the supposed infractions to the police chief, who launched an audit in the narcotics unit. However, the lieutenant in command of the unit says that the deputy chief at the Criminal Investigations Bureau recommended that he be transferred. At the time of the alleged violations, the deputy chief had been in command of the narcotics unit.

The police chief claims that he repeatedly told him that he would not be transferred for reporting the incidents that he discovered, but the lieutenant claims that deputy chief of criminal investigations repeatedly recommended that he be transferred. In his whistleblower protection complaint, he cites racial discrimination as a motivation for the transfer. Michigan employees have the legal right to report transgressions in the workplace without suffering retaliation. Victims who believe that they have been wrongfully retaliated against may seek legal recourse against their employer, and the successful litigation of such a claim can provide financial compensation for any lost wages from either a wrongful termination or missed days at work. In some instances, the settlement of a whistleblower complaint may also help reinstate an employee to their former position.

Source: The Detroit News, "Commander of Detroit Police drug unit files whistle-blower complaint", George Hunter, June 19, 2014

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