A Guide to Whistleblower Protection
There are many different kinds of whistleblowers. Some are praised by the public for exposing some wrongdoing, fraud and corruption, either in government or in the workplace. 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.
If a person reports, opposes, or refused to engage in the violation of laws, rules, or regulations, there are whistleblower laws that protect them. People who refuse to work overtime without pay, or refuse to break environmental laws are also protected by whistleblower laws. 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. Like, you need to believe that what you are reporting is really illegal and a violation of laws or rules. If you refuse to do something simply because you don’t want to do them, you cannot use these whistleblower laws to protect yourself. Whistleblower laws cover sexual harassment complaints, but they do not cover discrimination against a class of job applicants or employees.
If a whistleblower is seeking protection from retaliation, his case can be hurt if the wrongdoing was reported to the wrong person. The appropriate legal authority should be approached for the complaint. 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. There is an online site where you can learn more about whisteblowing.
Documentation of what you have done from the start is very important. It is important to document what you have seen, the exact time and location, and the specific people who were there. You need to 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. Reporting an employer who is violating labor laws to his immediate superior is the proper chain of command to be observed, and not to anybody else.
You documentation is an important evidence, if you have to go to court with the matter.
Understanding what is and what whistle blowing is not is something that is very important.