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. There are those whose reputation get smeared from leaking information, and soon find themselves unable to get a proper employment. 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.
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. Make sure that your complaints clearly violates the law or else there will be no protection for it under the law. If you refuse to do something simply because you don’t want to do them, you cannot use these whistleblower laws to protect yourself. Whistleblower laws cover sexual harassment complaints, but they do not cover discrimination against a class of job applicants or employees.
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.
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.
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. Continue to document matters while you are attempting to report the issues. Do not go beyond someone’s head, but respect the chain of command when reporting. Reporting an employer to his manager first, if he is violating labor laws is the proper chain of command.
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.
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