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. Some whistleblowers can their names smeared up for leaking information, and they end up losing the battle. If you are a whistle blower or if you are someone who has something to blow the whistle on, then this article is for you. Here are some ways that whistle blowers can protect themselves.
There are whistleblower laws that protect people who report, oppose, or refuse to engage in illegal activities – the violation of laws, rules, or 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. If a person reports violation to government agencies, to the upper management, or to unions, he can also get protection from whistleblower laws.
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 refuse to do something simply because you don’t want to do them, you cannot use these whistleblower laws to protect yourself. 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 you report the wrongdoing to the wrong persons, then it can hurt your case when you are seeking protection from retaliation. Make sure that you report the case to the appropriate legal authority. Taking time to come out with your complaints can be greatly affected if the statute of limitations has already been reached, and by this time you can no longer sue the offenders.
Make sure that 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.
Make sure that you document everything that you have done from the beginning. 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. The proper chain of command in a company is to report you employer who is violating labor laws to his immediate superior.
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.