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Could Congress unite to ban workplace secrecy agreements which stifle whistleblowers?

Last week, the usually ideologically divided U.S. Supreme Court surprised many observers by handing down some unanimous decisions, albeit, sometimes with differing rationale.

Could members of Congress unite to pass legislation to ban workplace secrecy agreements which stifle whistleblowers?

Where Federal agencies are involved, could the Obama Administration intervene to make clear that workplace secrecy agreements are simply unacceptable?

Consider this account from The WASHINGTON POST---


Posted at 7:52am on June 30, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 8:42am
The best answer to Allan's opening question, is that anything is possible... Probable is a different story. It is very hard to run a platform of eliminating work place secrecy....

Vote for Me: I made it easier for your boss to fire you if he doesn't like you....

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 8:49am
Did anyone else see the governmental experiment using Facebook and over 600,000 unsuspecting users on changing their mood from positive to negative or from negative to positive by controlling what they saw from their friends?

Of course it was done unawares... Once one is aware the effectiveness is gone, as some of us know from stories leaked out of East Germany during the Reagan years telling us how everyone adapted to hiding stuff in public....

Meaning that everyone's life had to suffer, for no net gain. We seem to be heading there now, unless we can get people riled up... The only candidate capable of changing the playing field here, is Rand Paul...(everyone else including Cruz is bought out) so tip of the hat to Earl...

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 9:13am
Whether Jefferson or Hamilton; Whether Andrew Jackson or Quincy Adams; Whether Roosevelt or Hoover.... there has always been the dichotomy in American politics between the top 1% and the rest of us...

We swing in one direction, then overstep, and the swing heads the other direction... This swing is headed back towards the people, and the top 1% of the corporations are trying to put roadblocks in the path to slow the momentum... Do they have enough dying breath to get it passed, or implemented? That is the question. If they over step, the next election will have many angry backlashers, and can install majorities to repeal and overturn such acts. Historically as were done to the Alien and Sedition Acts; and as was done the national bank... ; and as was done to the laissez-faire marketplace of the 1920's.....

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 1:32pm
I have no idea what Kavips is rambling about here, so at least for my purposes, I'm going to consider it irrelevant to the discussion.

Based on the Washington Compost article, I believe workplace whistleblowers should be protected by law, including the ability to collect reward money. Profits from writing a book may be a different animal altogether.

The problem we have now is that the federal government doesn't even obey it's own laws, and in fact just recently VA employees have lost their jobs over exposing the corruption that has recently surfaced and we have Ed Snowden who was forced to use illegal and unethical means to expose the corruption at NSA because he likely was ignored by the entities he was legally responsible to. Compound that with a congress that while being good at exposing corruption, particularly within the Obama administration, doesn't have the guts to do anything about once it's brought to the surface.

So to answer Allan's original title question, the answer is no.

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