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Are you a private citizen, an association, or a business and are you experiencing problems with a public administration?
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Do you work for a public administration and have you come across an incident of abuse of authority, fraud, or an irregularity that is contrary to the common interest?
Make a disclosure

Complete our questionnaire to find out whether Ombuds Brussels will be able to help you.

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How to apply for protection?

We are bound by professional secrecy and respect your privacy. For further information, consult our privacy policy via this link.

Protection against reprisals

If you reported an incident of abuse of authority or fraud or if you acted as a witness in the context of any such incidents and are faced with reprisals, Ombuds Brussels can protect you.

Reprisals: clarification

Reprisals are sanctions that are taken against you in response to your disclosure or testimony. To illustrate:

  • Dismissal
  • Transfer
  • Change of roster
  • Negative performance review
  • Disciplinary measures
  • Reprimand
  • Bullying

Protection: clarification

Protection is designed to prevent that your employer takes sanctions against you because you reported a breach of professional integrity or took part in an investigation.

How does this protection work?

  1. 1

    We examine whether the sanctions taken against you are related to your disclosure or involvement in the investigation.

  2. 2

    If that proves to be the case, we will ask your employer to objectively justify the sanctions in question by demonstrating that they are based on elements unrelated to the investigation.

  3. 3

    If your employer is unable to provide conclusive proof, we advise him to put a stop to the reprisals or to pay you compensation.

Mind you: these are merely recommendations and not an instruction. You are also free to apply for protection to the courts.

To apply for protection against reprisals, complete our form by clicking the button below.

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