A Guide to Whistleblower Protection
The reputations of whistleblowers are different from one another. 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. You need to protect yourself, and below are some ways on how you can do so.
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. 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. 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. The appropriate legal authority should be approached for the complaint. 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.
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.
Documentation of what you have done from the start is very important. 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. 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. 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.
If the matter goes to court, this documentation can serve as evidence.
It is important to understand what is and what isn’t whistleblowing.