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Ethics & transparency

Report whistleblower retaliation

City employees and contractors who have reported wrongdoing are protected from retaliation under Executive Order 9-17.

Who qualifies

A whistleblower is a City employee or contractor who reports misconduct or wrongdoing. This can include misuse of taxpayer dollars.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will always keep the identity of a whistleblower confidential. However, the person or people who were reported may still be able to figure it out, and they may retaliate against the whistleblower.

Retaliation is a negative action taken against an employee as a direct result of filing a whistleblower report. This might include:

  • Dismissal.
  • Suspension.
  • Reassignment.
  • Other negative actions.

How to report

If you’ve reported wrongdoing and believe you’ve experienced retaliation, you should contact the OIG immediately at or (215) 686-1770.

The OIG will help you report retaliation. They’ll also conduct an investigation. They’ll work to ensure that negative actions against you are corrected and that the people who are violating your rights are held accountable.