Whistleblowers come in different sorts. There are some who expose something that people do wrong, fraud, and corruption, and thus to the public, they become our heroes. 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. 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. These laws also protect people who report violations to government agencies, to the upper management, or to unions.
Not all complaints, however, are protected by 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. 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. 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.
if you are going to expose some important issues, make sure that there is a law that is violated and that there is a valid lawsuit on your hands. 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. Make sure that you can support your claims with copies of timecards, emails, and records. Continue to document matters while you are attempting to report the issues. 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.
You documentation is an important evidence, if you have to go to court with the matter.
It is important to understand what is and what isn’t whistleblowing.