Alaska Whistleblower Protection Law
Prohibits public employers from discharging, threatening, or otherwise discriminating against a public employee who reports to a public body or participates in a court action or inquiry on a matter of public concern. Employers are liable for compensatory and punitive damages and civil fines of up to $10,000.
Employees who report or testify in the following areas are protected from retaliation:
- occupational safety and health
- wage and hour
- workers’ compensation
Alaska whistleblower protection law recognizes a public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine. An employer may not discharge an employee in a manner that is contrary to the public policy of Alaska. An employee has a cause of action-in other words, the employee may sue-for wrongful discharge when the motivation for the discharge violates public policy.