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. 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. Other people protected by whistleblower laws are those people who report violations to government agencies, to upper management or to unions.
However, whistleblower laws are not applicable for all types of complaints. Like, you need to believe that what you are reporting is really illegal and a violation of laws or rules. 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.
If a whistleblower is seeking protection from retaliation, his case can be hurt if the wrongdoing was reported to the wrong person. Make sure that you report the case 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.
Make sure that 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.
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. Copies of timecards, emails, and records much be ready to support your claims. 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.
It is important to understand what is and what isn’t whistleblowing.