Know Your Rights: A Presentation on Protections for Those Who Speak Out

Start Date/Time: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 13:00
End Date/Time: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 14:00

AFSA understands that in our members’ Foreign Service careers, there could be times when you choose to speak out if you witness instances of misconduct or malfeasance that are prohibited under U.S. law. There might also be instances in which you must defend yourself in the face of retaliation or other prohibited behavior by a colleague or boss. We want to make sure that in these cases, you know what your rights are.

In this presentation, David Seide from the Government Accountability Project will speak about the process of whistleblowing, the legislative foundation of whistleblowing protections, and the legal rights of Foreign Service members and other government employees who have made the decision to bring allegations of misconduct or malfeasance to the fore. AFSA Deputy General Counsel Raeka Safai will discuss the recourse available to Foreign Service members if they are subjected to retaliation or harassment resulting from taking a whistleblower action. There will be time at the end for questions and answers.

We hope you will join us to learn these crucial protections available to Foreign Service members. The session will be held on Zoom and can be joined from a browser without having a Zoom account. Please register here by December 1. AFSA will send out a Zoom link 24 hours before the event and then a reminder on the morning of December 2.