Essay on The Issue Of Whistleblower Protection

2005 Words Dec 15th, 2016 9 Pages
Paula Price was fired for “whistleblowing” dishonest practice, and is suing her former employer, Automative Research & Testing (ARTI), for violating the whistleblower protection provisions of the Automobile Manufacture Integrity Act of 2014 (AMIA). Price was a contractor for Ford Motor Corporation (FMC). The primary focus of this case is the interpretation of the word “employee” in § 114(a)(1) of the AMIA and whether it includes contractors. Before analyzing the interpretation of the statute itself, it is crucial to consider whether Congress delegated authority to the Occupational Protection Administration (OPA) and if it followed necessary procedure during implementation. After interpreting the relevant material, I will either recommend how the court should rule or if the court should defer to the agencies interpretation.

In this case, the issue of whistleblower protection could be considered a matter of major economic and political importance, due to the consequences of emissions tampering on both the environment and the automobile industry. Also, the AMIA was a direct response to an increase of public and EPA outrage, and Congress wanted to ensure employees had whistleblower protection to hold companies in compliance to legal and ethical standards. This case is similar to King v. Burwell, where there is an important major question involved and the court had to decide who should interpret. However, the difference in this case is that Congress has clearly delegated to…

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