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Whistleblower Safeguards

Whistleblower Safeguards

Call 206-477-1050 voice|TTY
Fax 206-296-0948

Physical mail sent to the Ombuds Office may be delayed: 810 3rd Ave, Suite 705, Seattle, WA 98104

The Whistleblower Protection Code (KCC 3.42) is a way for King County employees to report suspected improper governmental action. Improper governmental action means any action by a county employee while performing official duties that also meets one of the following criteria:

  • violates county, state or federal law or rule
  • constitutes an abuse of authority
  • constitutes gross mismanagement
  • creates a substantial danger to the public health or safety
  • results in a gross waste of public funds
  • prevents the dissemination of scientific opinion or alters technical findings without scientifically valid justification.

Employees who, in good faith, report improper governmental action, or who cooperate in a whistleblower investigation, are protected from retaliation.

Where to report varies depending upon the type of improper governmental action. We encourage employees to contact us before filing a whistleblower or retaliation complaint. 

Alternate formats for persons with disabilities available upon request.