National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, an annual celebration honoring the contributions of whistleblowers around the world who have bravely stepped forward to expose waste, fraud, and abuse, will be recognized on Friday, July 30, 2021.

In commemoration of the event, the U.S. Department of Labor participates in the National Whistleblower Center’s all-day virtual event, featuring speeches from whistleblowers, policymakers, advocates, and a series of panels on whistleblower issues.

The registration cutoff is Friday, July 30. If you’d like to attend, please register here.

“We want our brothers & sisters to know their rights and understand the protections in place under the law to ensure they are not retaliated against for addressing safety hazards in the workplace,” said Michael Oathout, Director of Safety and Health.

This year marks the 243rd anniversary of America’s first whistleblower law, passed unanimously on July 30, 1778, during the height of the American Revolution. The law passed after ten whistleblowers reported wrongdoing and abuses committed by a superior officer in the Continental Navy.

Since 2013, the United States Senate has unanimously recognized July 30 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day in honor of this rich history and the important contributions whistleblowers have made in preserving American democracy and the rule of law.

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