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and unilateral pronouncements of law. To main- tain whistleblowing enthusiasm, most regulatory protection includes a retaliation clause, a legal ban on interference with the exercise of whistle- blowing rights. Te following represent some of the whistleblowing schemes.


EEOC


Te EEOC enforces the primary whistleblowing mechanism for US workers.


• In the last fiscal year, American workers filed a record 99,947 charges of employment discrimination with the EEOC.


• The Commission recovered $455.6 mil- lion in relief, a $51 million increase over the prior year’s numbers and continues the upward trend of the past three fiscal years.


• The Commission filed 300 lawsuits and its litigation efforts resulted in $91 million of relief, representing the third year in a row that the relief obtained was greater than in the preceding year.


Te EEOC claims that its efforts resulted in 5.4 million individuals benefitting from changes in employment policies or practices during the past fiscal year. Retaliation charges rose slightly from the prior year but represented the largest number of charges filed - 37,334 (37.4%) to 35,395 race charges (35.4%).


With the EEOC’s whistleblowing filings result- ing in a charge for every 1500 workers (~100,000 charges /150,000,000 workers), what will happen if the number of whistleblowing avenues increas- es ten-fold?


PPACA


Section 1558 of the Patient Protection and Af- fordable Care Act amends the FLSA to prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who apply for health benefit subsidies or receive tax credits under the health reform law. In addi- tion, the law offers protections to employees who provide information or testimony about possible employer violations of Title I of the law.


• Contractor Employees of the Armed Forces • Credit Union Employee Protection


• Department of Energy Defense Activities Whistleblower Protection


• Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Commodity Exchange Act reward)


• Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (employee protection)


• Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (obstruction of justice)


• Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Securities Exchange Act reward)


• Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) • Employee Polygraph Protection Act


• Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)


• Energy Reorganization Act


• Equal Pay Act


• Fair Labor Standards Act (wage & hour, child labor, minimum wage, overtime)


• False Claims Act (FCA) (qui tam provision) • False Claims Act (retaliation provision) • Family and Medical Leave Act “[FMLA”] • Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)


• Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employees


• Federal Credit Union Act (FCUA) • Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)


• Federal Home Loan Banks, Resolution Trust Corporation


• Federal Mine Health and Safety Act


• Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), covering banks with insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


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