Last week, Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill that would have allowed whistleblowers to bring a private enforcement action in the name of the state for violations of certain labor laws, according to a report in the Maine Wire.
“Enabling private attorneys to conduct litigation in the name of the State, while taking positions and advocating for outcomes that the Attorney General and DOL may not support, would lead to damaging and conflicting precedents that undermine the public interest in the coherent and consistent administration of these important laws, as Attorney General Frey conveyed when testifying in opposition to this bill,” Gov. Mills’ veto reads in part.
The bill would have allowed whistleblowers to take private enforcement action and act on behalf of the state if, after informing either the Attorney General, the Department of Labor, or the Maine Human Rights Commission of a labor law violation, those agencies declined to take action.