How Whistleblowers can Protect Themselves
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. 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. 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. Other people protected by whistleblower laws are those people who report violations to government agencies, to upper management or to unions.
There are some types of complaints that are not under the protection of whistle blower laws. 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. Sexual harassment complaints are protected by whistleblower laws while discrimination against employees is not.
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.
Make sure that 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.
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. 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.
Understanding what is and what whistle blowing is not is something that is very important.