Defining Employer Retaliation in Whistleblower Cases

In the new study, “Retaliatory Disclosure: When Identifying the Complainant Is an Adverse Action,” researchers from the Indiana University (IU) Kelley School of Business set out to determine when public disclosure of a whistleblower’s identity, such as through an email, may be classified as retaliation. “When someone makes a complaint of discrimination that’s covered by federal anti-discrimination laws, you’re automatically cloaked in protection from retaliatory actions that could come in response,” said Jamie Prenkert, associate professor of business law at the IU Kelley School of Business Bloomington and the study’s lead author. “But what can be retaliatory is a broad-ranging continuum of actions that the courts don’t specifically define.” Prenkert, […]

EPA’s 2011 TRI Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline

EPA announced that total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8 percent from 2010, mostly because of decreases in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. Total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8 percent from 2010, mostly because of decreases in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions, even while total releases of toxic chemicals increased for the second year in a row, according to the EPA annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) provides the public with vital information about chemicals in our communities. The TRI program collects information on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water and land, as well as information on […]