KKC whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn recently spoke to Mother Jones about whistleblowers during the age of coronavirus and the lack of whistleblower laws protecting them.
The main agency for frontline worker whistleblowers to report to during the pandemic is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The problem with that, Kohn explained, is that OSHA does not let whistleblowers take their complaints to court. Instead, government officials at the Department of Labor can decide whether or not the appeal has merit.
From Mother Jones:
“Flaws in whistleblowing laws make it harder for nonfederal workers to flag corruption or negligence, which Kohn says is particularly crucial as certain front-line sectors are being rushed back to work despite hazardous conditions.”
“Kohn says it’s an outdated law that he fears Trump administration officials will exploit to reinforce the president’s desire to reopen the country and send people back to work, even if it’s not safe to do so.”