What is covered by the Kentucky Whistleblower Act?

The Kentucky Whistleblower Act makes it unlawful for an "employer" to retaliate "in any manner whatsoever" against any employee who in good faith reports to "any law enforcement agency or its employees, or any other appropriate body or authority, any facts or information relative to an actual or suspected violation of any law, statute, executive order, administrative regulation, mandate, rule, or ordinance of the United States, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, or any of its political subdivisions, or any facts or information relative to actual or suspected mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety." Kentucky Revised Statute sec. 61.102.

That's a summary of the whistleblower law but what does all that really mean? There are a few questions:

  1. who or what is an "employer" covered by the Kentucky Whistleblower Act?
  2. do the "facts or information" reported have to be otherwise not generally or publicly known?
  3. who might be an "appropriate body or authority" to receive a whistleblower report?


Lexington, Kentucky whistleblower lawyer Robert Abell has represented a number of government or public and private company employees in cases where their rights have been violated or they have been fired on account of their good-faith whistleblowing activity; contact him at 859-254-7076.