Attorney General: Whistleblower Unit


Connecticut Attorney General's Office
Whistleblower Unit

 

The Attorney Generalís Whistleblower Unit investigates information communicated to the Auditors of Public Accounts regarding 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.  The quasi public agencies are the Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Connecticut Housing Authority, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Capital City Economic Development Authority and Connecticut Lottery Corporation, and the Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut.  The Whistleblower Unit also investigates information communicated to the Auditors of Public Accounts regarding 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.  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 his investigation, the Attorney General may report his findings to the Governor or the Chief State's Attorney. 

WhistleBlower Reports

All complaints should be filed in writing with the Auditors of Public Accounts, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106, or by telephone:

Toll Free within Connecticut: (800) 797-1702
Locally: (860) 240-5305
You can visit
Auditors of Public Accounts for more information.

The Whistleblower law, section 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes, 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 employeeís reporting information to the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General, an employee of the state agency or quasi-public agency where such state officer or employee is employed, 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 in the case of a large state contractor, an employee of the contracting state agency concerning information involving the large state contract, or 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.




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