Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Retaliation complaint filed against Marine officials

Employees often refuse to file complaints against their employers for fear of retaliation. When the employer is a long standing institution such as the Marine Corps, the pressure is higher and the fear is greater.

Whistleblower Farnz Gayl alleged that military officials tried to force him to quit after accusing the Marine Corps of gross mismanagement for its failure to deliver lifesaving equipment to troops in Iraq.

Before his whistle blowing, Gayl had a sterling performance. But when the incident happened, he was poorly evaluated, hit with reprimands, had his job description rewritten and pressured to resign.

During his campaign, President Barack Obama pledged to treat federal whistle blowers as patriots instead of pariahs. But in an institution like the Marine Corps where whistle blowers have been viewed with contempt, such culture would be hard to change.

Gayl claimed that after exposing the anomaly he has been the subject of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry for mishandling secret information.

Under the law, an employee is shielded from retaliation for asserting protected rights. Hence, an employee may file a retaliation complaint should his employer gets back at him for doing something that is protected by law. Consequently, an employment attorney may be hired to pursue claims.