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Whistleblower Retaliation Cases Investigated by State Agencies* In California, complaints of retaliation against whistleblowers take longer to investigate than in any other state, and on average are less likely to result in a settlement or victory for the complainant.

State

Cases completed

Average days to complete

Dismissed or withdrawn**

Percent settled or won by whistleblowers***

Alaska

15

161

47%

53%

Arizona

72

109

86

14

California

125

484

90

10

Connecticut

3

204

33

67

Hawaii

12

139

67

33

Indiana

61

58

64

36

Iowa

20

108

65

35

Kentucky

30

85

87

13

Maryland

1

69

0

100

Michigan

109

80

93

7

Minnesota

26

66

88

12

Nevada

39

53

85

15

New Jersey

17

70

82

18

New Mexico

8

47

88

13

New York

22

156

100

0

North Carolina

78

114

86

14

101

74

81

19

22

67

73

27

9

79

89

11

Tennessee

26

73

62

38

Utah

15

101

93

7

Vermont

8

89

75

25

Virginia

44

52

91

9

4

3,723

100

0

81

71

63

37

1

70

100

0

949

246

81

19

Oregon Puerto Rico South Carolina

Virgin Islands Washington Wyoming Totals

*Cases closed between October 1, 2008 and September 15, 2009. The listed states have primary responsibility for workplace safety under agreements with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. **Cases dismissed as lacking merit or withdrawn by the complainant. ***Cases that resulted in settlements or investigative findings in the complainant's favor. SOURCE: OSHA figures provided to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor

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