There are many different kinds of whistleblowers. 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. Are you a whistle blower, or are you planning of becoming a whistle blower soon? You need to protect yourself, and below are some ways on how you can do so.
Whistleblower laws are in place to protect people who report, oppose or refuse to participate in activities which are against the laws, rules and regulations. People who refuse to work overtime without pay, or refuse to break environmental laws are also protected by whistleblower laws. 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. 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. Whistleblower laws cover sexual harassment complaints, but they do not cover discrimination against a class of job applicants or employees.
If you report the wrongdoing to the wrong persons, then it can hurt your case when you are seeking protection from retaliation. Be sure to report it 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.
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. Document what you have seen, the time and the place it happened, and the specific people who were involved. Copies of timecards, emails, and records much be ready to support your claims. Even while you are trying to report issues, you should keep on documenting everything. You should respect the chain of command when reporting before going beyond someone’s head. Reporting an employer to his manager first, if he is violating labor laws is the proper chain of command.
If the matter reaches court, you already have valuable evidence in your documentation.
Understanding what is and what whistle blowing is not is something that is very important.
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