Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed into law legislation that expands the protections provided to employee-whistleblowers. H.B. 300 extends whistleblower protections to employees who report noncompliance with the State’s campaign-contribution laws,who participate in an investigation or hearing regarding an alleged violation of the campaign-contribution laws, or who refuses to violate the campaign-contribution laws.
The practical effect of this new protection is limited, as it applies to a fairly narrow group of employees-those whose employer has some involvement in political fundraising. But it serves as an excellent reminder about the importance of preventing unlawful retaliation.
Retaliation claims continue to top the list of claims filed with the EEOC. Not only are they popular but they are some of the most successful for plaintiffs. The reason for its popularity and its success is the same-retaliation happens.