There are many different kinds of whistleblowers. 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. 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. If a person reports violation to government agencies, to the upper management, or to unions, he can also get protection from whistleblower laws.
However, whistleblower laws are not applicable for all types of complaints. 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. Be sure to report it to the appropriate legal authority. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
It is important to understand what is and what isn’t whistleblowing.