One of the most important benefits to the employee
in working with the Hanford Concerns Council is that their rights
are protected and confidentiality is ensured. Any employee who
brings a concern to the Council has the option of pursuing other
avenues if their concern is not resolved by the Council. However,
the employee will be asked to put other processes on hold, or to
make only “protective” filings to preserve their rights
while the Council works on the case.
At the initial “assessment” stage,
the employee's name is not divulged, so that if they decide not
to go further with
the Council process their identity is protected. If the Council
does not take their case, it will attempt to provide information
about other avenues for assistance.
|"I've seen the process
work. I've seen it successfully avoid the winner-loser
scenario that ruins
far too many careers."
- Billie Garde, former whistleblower and Council Member