Whistleblower complaints alleging corruption, unethical practices, violation of state laws or regulations, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority and danger to the public safety occurring in any state department or agency or quasi-public agency must be reported to the Auditors of Public Accounts. The Auditors of Public Accounts will review such matters and report their findings and any recommendations to the Attorney General. Only then may the Attorney General investigate the matter further.
Similarly, whistleblower complaints alleging corruption, violation of state or federal laws or regulations, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or danger to the public safety occurring in any large state contract must be reported to the Auditors of Public Accounts. The Auditors of Public Accounts will review such matters and report their findings and any recommendations to the Attorney General. Only then may the Attorney General investigate the matter involving the large state contract further. A large state contract means a contract between an entity and a state or quasi-public agency having a value of five million dollars or more.
At the conclusion of such investigations, the Attorney General may report any findings to the Governor or to the Chief State's Attorney, the state's criminal law enforcement officer.
All whistleblower complaints must be filed with the Auditors of Public Accounts.
Auditors of Public Accounts
20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1628
Please visit the Auditors of Public Accounts Web site for more information or call:
Free within Connecticut: (800) 797-1702
Locally: (860) 240-5369
Connecticut General Statutes § 4-61dd (e)(1) prohibits employees and officers of state agencies, quasi-public agencies, large state contractors, and appointing authorities from threatening or taking any personnel action against an employee in retaliation for the employee’s reporting information to 1) the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General; 2)an employee of the state agency or quasi-public agency where such state officer or employee is employed; 3) an employee of a state agency pursuant to a mandated reporter statute or pursuant to subsection (b) of section 17a-28 of the Connecticut General Statutes; or 4) in the case of a large state contractor, an employee of the contracting state agency concerning information involving the large state contract; or for such employee's testimony or assistance in any proceeding under section 4-61dd.
An employee who believes that he or she has been retaliated against may have specific legal rights under laws that protect whistleblowers or under union contracts within certain time limits, as short as 90 days in some instances under the whistleblower law and as short as 30 days or possibly less in some instances under certain union contracts, and may be able to file an administrative complaint with the Chief Human Rights Referee of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
An employee who believes that he or she has been retaliated against should contact a private attorney and/or a union representative to discuss his/her rights. The Attorney General cannot provide legal advice or counsel.
You can visit Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities for more information.