McArthur Law Firm

Do Whistleblowers Have Protection In Georgia?

He was tenured, he was the dean of the university's graduate school and he was the assistant vice president of research, but when this Valdosta State University professor complained that university research grants were misusing state and federal funds, he started an uproar. The former president and vice-president of the university apparently didn't like what the professor had to say, but they could not fire him, so they allegedly demoted the professor instead. Now this whistleblower has taken his case to the Georgia Supreme Court, but will his pleas for justice be heard?

Do Whistleblowers Have Protection In Georgia?

The former assistant vice president of research at VSU filed several whistleblowing retaliation charges against VSU and its former administrators, and in the Fulton County Superior Court some of those charges were dismissed. However, the Georgia Court of Appeals saw the details differently, and reinstated part of the professor's suit against the former president and vice-president of VSU.

Why Is The Professor Suing?

The professor claims that he was demoted in retaliation against complaints against the university over the violation of several state and federal laws. The demotion cost him $21,375 in annual salary. Now his case rides on the Georgia Supreme Court's interpretation of a 2012 state law allowing individuals to sue over the misuse of state funding. If he wins, the professor could receive back pay, attorney's fees, and his old position back.

What will the court's decision be, and could that decision affect future whistleblower retaliation cases? Keep following our Georgia whistleblower blog to find out!

A message from the qui tam lawyers at the McArthur Law Firm in Macon, Georgia-Helping to protect the people who stand up for the law.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Honors & Awards

Contact Us

Contact Us For a Free Consultation

To set up a free consultation to discuss your situation with us, call 478-238-1150 or fill out our online contact form below. We are ready to get the compensation you deserve.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


6055 Lakeside Commons Drive
Suite 400
Macon, GA 31210

Phone: 478-238-1150
Fax: 1-478-238-6607
Map & Directions

Atlanta Office
1201 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA 30361

Map & Directions