A Guide to Whistleblower Protection
The reputations of whistleblowers are different from one another. There are some who expose something that people do wrong, fraud, and corruption, and thus to the public, they become our heroes. There are also those who leak out information, but the result is that they get a bad name for themselves that no one wants to take them in for employment. 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. Whistleblowers need protection, and there are some ways that you can do so which are given below.
There are whistleblower laws that protect people who report, oppose, or refuse to engage in illegal activities – the violation of laws, rules, or regulations. These laws protect people who refuse to work overtime without pay, or refuse to violate environmental laws either because they care for the environment or they care for their personal safety. If a person reports violation to government agencies, to the upper management, or to unions, he can also get protection from whistleblower laws.
Not all complaints, however, are protected by whistle blower laws. The complaints that you will present should be a clear violation of laws or rules. If you are refusing to do something simply for personal reasons then this cannot be protected by the whistleblower laws. 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.
If a whistleblower is seeking protection from retaliation, his case can be hurt if the wrongdoing was reported to the wrong person. Be sure to report it to the appropriate legal authority. Taking time to come out with your complaints can be greatly affected if the statute of limitations has already been reached, and by this time you can no longer sue the offenders.
Whistleblowers should check first whether there is a valid lawsuit on your hands on the issues you are about to expose. You can learn about whistle blowing on certain sites online.
Make sure that you document everything that you have done from the beginning. Document what you have seen, the time and the place it happened, and the specific people who were involved. Make sure that you can support your claims with copies of timecards, emails, and records. Continue to document matters while you are attempting to report the issues. 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 goes to court, this documentation can serve as evidence.
It is important to understand what is and what isn’t whistleblowing.