Sen. Grassley bill helps informants in anti-trust cases

Provides protection from retaliation

A bill co-authored by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley that protects workers who provide information on anti-trust violations has been approved by the Senate.

Grassley, a Republican who is Iowa’s senior senator, wrote the bill with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. The Criminal Anti-trust Anti-Retaliation Act passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday night.

”Whistleblowers who shed light on violations of our anti-trust laws not only help to fight crime, they also help protect consumers from less choice and higher prices in the marketplace,” Grassley said in a written statement.

”Our bill encourages private sector employees to disclose such criminal behavior by protecting them from retaliation at work,” he added. ”Whistleblowers are critical to exposing fraud, waste and abuse in government, and it’s high time we empower whistleblowers in the private sector to do the same for consumers.”

The bill provides help for any worker who believes they have been targeted for retaliation because they gave information to federal investigators working on anti-trust cases. It allows those workers to appeal to the U.S. secretary of labor and get their former position back if the secretary finds in their favor.

The measure now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives.