Delegate Fleischauer was a sponsor of HB 2006 in 2017, which increases penalties for violating the state’s whistle-blower statute. All too often, public employees who report fraud or wrong-doing, which is a service to the state and to taxpayers, are fired in retaliation for reporting. Often, they fight for years before they are vindicated. In addition to backpay and reinstatement, the normal remedies, this bill permits the termination of the boss who retaliated against the whistle-blower, which helps correct the unfairness and imbalance of power.
Responding to a local issue in which an employer had a hidden camera in a locker room, Delegate Fleischauer sponsored and passed HB 2985 in 1999. Our Code now bans electronic surveillance of employees in employee areas, such as locker and lunch rooms, restrooms, shower rooms, and employee lounges.