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Why Whistleblowers are Necessary for Society and Need to Be Protected

A whistleblower can be defined in many ways but is generally understood as referring to an individual who discloses information about a company that demonstrates unethical, illegal, or dangerous conduct that has occurred, is occurring, or is about to occur. Whistleblowing generally refers to the disclosure of some kind of...

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What to do If You Are Fired After Blowing the Whistle

Whistleblowing is an effective way of ensuring that your employer's wrongful or illegal conduct is immediately stopped so that justice is achieved. However, the process of blowing the whistle and the immediate consequences of voicing your concerns either internally within your company or externally to a federal agency can be...

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What to Expect After Blowing the Whistle

When an individual discovers unethical or illegal employer conduct or reports dangerous or unsafe working conditions, that individual may file a complaint to a federal agency reporting their supervisor. This complaint is called a whistleblower complaint and is informally known as "blowing the whistle" on your employer/supervisor. After blowing the...

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What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

A qui tam lawsuit is a type of whistleblower lawsuit that allows individuals who have evidence of fraud or other relevant wrongdoing to initiate a legal proceeding. These types of lawsuits—qui tam—are popular when filing whistleblower complaints and are a powerful tool to assist the government in uncovering dangerous and...

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What is the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enhanced the Securities Exchange Act by creating the SEC Whistleblower Program. The SEC's Whistleblower Program offers rewards to individuals who provide useful information to the SEC that helps in its enforcement action and leads to a total monetary sanction exceeding $1...

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What is the Typical Process for Reporting Violations Within A Company?

Companies and employers generally encourage—or sometimes require—employees to report violations of the law internally within the company as opposed to reporting these violations externally to federal agencies. A company should have in place a system of policies and procedures that create a culture where internal reporting is valued and supported....

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Recent Federal Legislation Regulating Whistleblowing

A whistleblower is defined as an individual who exposes any type of workplace hazard, dangerous condition, threat to health and safety, or other wrongdoing. A whistleblower also includes those individuals who expose unethical, illegal, or dangerous behavior by their employer. In the United States, there are several whistleblower protection laws...

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How Companies Can Create Anti-Retaliation Programs and Protect Whistleblowers

Companies should design, implement, and monitor an effective anti-retaliation program that protects whistleblowers and encourages employees to report health and safety violations in the workplace. OSHA recommends five key elements to creating an anti-retaliation program within a company: Management, leadership, commitment, and accountability: In order to have a successful and...

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When to Seek Advice from an Attorney for Retaliation

Being the victim of employment retaliation can be a stressful experience. Not only has the future of your career been turned upside down but such retaliation can also be accompanied with intense feelings of isolation and embarrassment. Retaliation can happen to anyone in any industry and at any level of...

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What is OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OHSA") administers the nation's whistleblower protection laws. Most workplace whistleblower complaints are filed by employees with OSHA. Employees have the right under federal law to a workplace free of health hazards, unsafe, unsanitary, and dangerous working conditions as well as the right to be...

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