Important Things that Whistleblowers Should Know
Whistleblowers come in different sorts. 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. Perhaps you are a whistleblower, or perhaps you are thinking of blowing the whistle on someone or something. 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. 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.
However, whistleblower laws are not applicable for all types of complaints. 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.
Reporting your complaint to the wrong person can only hurt your case when seeking protection from retaliation. Make sure that you report the case to the appropriate legal authority. When the statute of limitations is already reached, you ability to sue is no longer possible, and this happens if you wait for a long time before coming out in the open with your complaints.
if you are going to expose some important issues, make sure that there is a law that is violated and that there is a valid lawsuit on your hands. You can learn about whistle blowing on certain sites online.
It is important to make documentation of what you have done from the start. 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. Try to report them within the chain of command before going over 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.
You documentation is an important evidence, if you have to go to court with the matter.
You need to understand what whistleblowing is and what it is not.
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