Kentucky Whistleblower Protections

All Kentucky citizens are protected by state and federal whistleblower laws. We have provided information about many of the laws in Kentucky below. For more information about federal laws, click here.

Government Employees

Other Whistleblower Laws

Statutes specifically protecting government whistleblowers

KY ST § 61.102, Reprisal against public employee for disclosure of violations prohibited; contructions of statute

Parties Protected By Statute

No employer shall subject to reprisal, or directly or indirectly use, or threaten to use, any official authority or influence, in any manner whatsoever, which tends to discourage, restrain, depress, dissuade, deter, prevent, interfere with, coerce, or discriminate against any employee who in good faith reports, discloses, divulges, or otherwise brings to the attention of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, the Attorney General, the Auditor of Public Accounts, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky or any of its members or employees, the Legislative Research Commission or any of its committees, members or employees, the judiciary or any member or employee of the judiciary, any law enforcement agency or its employees, or any other appropriate body or authority, any facts or information relative to an actual or suspected violation of any law, statute, executive order, administrative regulation, mandate, rule, or ordinance of the United States, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, or any of its political subdivisions, or any facts or information relative to actual or suspected mismanagement, waste, fraud, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

Protected Actions Under Statute

No employer shall subject to reprisal or discriminate against, or use any official authority or influence to cause reprisal or discrimination by others against, any person who supports, aids, or substantiates any employee who makes public any wrongdoing set forth in subsection (1) of this section.

Statutes protecting whistleblowers who report fraud against government

Mandatory reporting of violations; confidentiality; prohibition against employer discrimination or retaliation


KY ST § 205.8465

Parties Protected By Statute

Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a violation of this chapter has been or is being committed by any person, corporation, or entity, shall report or cause to be reported to the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, or the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse hotline the following information, if known:

(a) The name and address of the offender;

(b) The offender’s place of employment;

(c) The nature and extent of the violation;

(d) The identity of the complainant; and

(e) Any other information that the receiving person reasonably believes might be helpful in investigation of the alleged fraud, abuse, or misappropriation.

Protected Actions Under Statute

No employer shall, without just cause, discharge or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against any person who in good faith makes a report required or permitted by KRS 205.8451 to 205.8483, testifies, or is about to testify, in any proceeding with regard to any report or investigation.

Specific Remedies Authorized By Statute

Any individual injured by any act in violation of the provisions of this subsection shall have a civil cause of action in Circuit Court to enjoin further violations, and to recover the actual damages sustained, together with the costs of the lawsuit, including a reasonable fee for the individual’s attorney of record.