Bill would help whistleblowers

A bill to strengthen the position of whistleblowers in state agencies has been filed by State Rep. Bobby Cleveland.

House Bill 2528 amends current statute to give state employees who have reported wrongdoings the right to file a civil action against the agency and individuals employed by or acting on behalf of the agency for all damages suffered from a retaliatory discharge of employment or other adverse employment action. The whistleblower also will be entitled to recover the costs and attorney fees for successful prosecution.

If passed, the law will take effect Nov. 1, 2018.