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Column Extra: Whistleblowing by the numbers


This week’s State Worker column, prompted by the firing of former Sen. Joe Dunn by the California State Bar, reflects on whistleblowing and retaliation against whistleblowers. In reporting the piece, we looked at whistleblower-contact data for the California State Auditor and statistics on whistleblower retaliation claims filed with the State Personnel Board.

Not to take sides in the Dunn case, but statistics show that just a fraction of whistleblower claims are found to have merit. Ditto for whistleblower retaliation complaints. (Worth noting: Dunn’s case is in the courts and not with the Personnel Board.)

Column Extras give State Worker blog users notes, quotes, details and data that underpin The Sacramento Bee’s weekly State Worker column.

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