Grubb v. Department of the Interior
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The Merit Systems Protections Board ruled an employee is protected even if some of their disclosures concern trivial matters as there is no de minimis exception for the violation-of-law aspect of the protected disclosure standard.
What Happened in Court
The Merit Systems Protection Board found that an employee was protected even reporting what may be described as trivial violations of law. There is no de minimis exception for the protections that employees enjoy when reporting a violation of law, rule, or regulation.