Local author and professor Amy Block Joy will discuss her latest book, “Retaliation,” a first-person account about the dangers of speaking out in the workplace, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
Block Joy, a faculty member and director of a federal program, discovered apparent fraud at UC Davis. Following university protocol, she reported her suspicions to her supervisor. When her report was ignored, she blew the whistle, asking the university to take action.
Her allegations of misuse of government funds were investigated and eventually substantiated by campus and federal authorities.
Eleven months later, when the fraud findings were about to be released to the public, she became the target of a smear campaign. Refusing to give in to intimidation and fear, she fought back and won.
“Retaliation” chronicles how far some people and institutions will go to silence the truth and how to overcome those efforts.
Block Joy, attended UC Berkeley and has worked for the UC system for more than 30 years. She teaches a UC Davis freshman class called “Eating Green.”