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The Office of Special Counsel has announced settlements in two whistleblower retaliation cases, including one in which the agency was ordered to pay the employee some $90,000 in compensatory damages.

That case involved an FAA aviation safety inspector who disclosed that flight inspectors “were certifying pilots and conducting safety check rides even though they lacked the necessary formal training and certifications required to perform that oversight,” said the OSC.

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Following that disclosure, the employee took a position in a different city “in order to escape what he believed was pervasive harassment. After he made the disclosures, his managers also allegedly removed his duties and denied training requests, flight certifications, and job training opportunities,” it said.

“With OSC’s assistance, the parties were able to settle the case and FAA agreed to pay consequential and compensatory damages in the amount of $90,000.  During the investigation, the whistleblower’s then-manager retired, so OSC did not seek disciplinary action,” it said.

The other case involved an Interior Department employee who disclosed information about insufficient environmental impact studies of Alaska drilling sites and who then was subject to an internal investigation that led to his removal.

When the OSC took the case to the MSPB, the hearing officer approved a settlement that involved returning the employee to his position and restoring his benefits to where they would have been.

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