A Guide to Whistleblower Protection
There are many different kinds of whistleblowers. There are whistleblowers who come out to expose wrongdoing, fraud, and corruption either in their own workplace or in positions of government, and are considered as heroes by many. Some whistleblowers can their names smeared up for leaking information, and they end up losing the battle. If you are a whistle blower or if you are someone who has something to blow the whistle on, then this article is for you. Here are some ways that whistle blowers can protect themselves.
There are whistleblower laws that protect people who report, oppose, or refuse to engage in illegal activities – the violation of laws, rules, or regulations. Whistleblower laws also protect people who don’t work overtime without pay, or who don’t want to violate environmental laws since they either care for the environment or merely for their own safety. These laws also protect people who report violations to government agencies, to the upper management, or to unions.
There are some types of complaints that are not under the protection of whistle blower laws. Make sure that your complaints clearly violates the law or else there will be no protection for it under the law. You cannot use the whistleblower law protection if you refuse to do something because you just don’t want to do it. If the complaint is sexual harassment, then this is covered by whistleblower laws, but discrimination against a class of employees is not covered by these laws.
Reporting your complaint to the wrong person can only hurt your case when seeking protection from retaliation. The appropriate legal authority should be approached for the complaint. And if you wait for a long time before you come out and blow the whistle, your ability to sue can be affected by the statute of limitations, if it is already reached.
Make sure that there is a valid lawsuit on your hands on the issues you are about to expose. There is a site on the internet which deals with whistleblowers and other relevant matters.
It is important to make documentation of what you have done from the start. You will need to document that which you have witnesses, the time and place that it has happened, and the people who were involved in the event. Make sure that you can support your claims with copies of timecards, emails, and records. As you attempt to report issues, continue to document matters. You should respect the chain of command when reporting before going beyond someone’s head. The proper chain of command in a company is to report you employer who is violating labor laws to his immediate superior.
If the matter reaches court, you already have valuable evidence in your documentation.
You need to understand what whistleblowing is and what it is not.