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Secretary of Labor Walsh’s Message to Whistleblowers “Every worker has the right to speak up”

Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor and former Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh spoke at the annual celebration of National Whistleblower Day, where he emphasized his support for whistleblowers in the federal workforce.

“I want to be clear: every worker has the right to speak up,” Walsh said in his keynote address. “If they’re mistreated, denied their rights, or have concerns about safety. And when an employer retaliates, it’s not only wrong, it’s illegal.”

As the head of the Department of Labor (DOL), Secretary Walsh is in charge of the federal agency tasked with the oversight of over 20 different whistleblower statutes, by far the most whistleblower statutes enforced by a single agency.

The parent agency of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the DOL oversees investigations into whistleblower retaliation cases concerning COVID-19 and workplace safety. The DOL also enforces laws protecting whistleblowers who disclose a wide range of other violations, from nuclear waste issues to aviation safety concerns.

Walsh was part of a panel called Government Leaders Support Whistleblowers! during the second day of the three-day celebration of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, hosted by the National Whistleblower Center and Whistleblower Network News.

Ben Kostyack contributed to this article.

Copyright Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP 2021. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 210
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Mary Jane Wilmoth Whistleblower Attorney Kohn Kohn & Colapinto Law Firm
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Mary Jane Wilmoth is the firm’s managing partner. She litigated cases involving whistleblower protection for environmental and nuclear industry whistleblowers, and Qui Tam/False Claims whistleblowers. Ms. Wilmoth joined the firm in 1992 and worked on cases and hearings that involved complex nuclear and environmental regulations. In her efforts to uphold such safeguards in the American workplace, she has helped to strengthen whistleblower rights in licensing and...

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