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 those whose reputation get smeared from leaking information, and soon find themselves unable to get a proper employment. Perhaps you are a whistleblower, or perhaps you are thinking of blowing the whistle on someone or something. Whistleblowers need protection, and there are some ways that you can do so which are given below.
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. These laws protect people who refuse to work overtime without pay, or refuse to violate environmental laws either because they care for the environment or they care for their personal safety. Other people protected by whistleblower laws are those people who report violations to government agencies, to upper management or to unions.
Not all complaints, however, are protected by whistle blower laws. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
You need to understand what whistleblowing is and what it is not.