Recently, The Department of Labor Relations decided in the Matter of: Cotuit Fire District and Pierce Case # Mup-10-5825, that filing a subsequent action under the whistleblower statute did not waive the prior filed claim of prohibited practice under G.L. ch. 150.
The state whistleblower statute (which varies from state to state) prohibits an employer from certain actions. It states in part “Can not discharge, suspend, demote, or other retaliatory action if employee discloses or threatens to disclose; provides information or testifies; or objects or refuses to participate in violation of law, rule or risk to public health, safety, or environment”.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon