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. 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.
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. 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.
There are some types of complaints that are not under the protection of whistle blower laws. Make sure that your complaints clearly violates the law or else there will be no protection for it under the law. You cannot use the whistleblower law protection if you refuse to do something because you just don’t want to do it. 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. Be sure to report it to the appropriate legal authority. 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.
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.
Make sure that you document everything that you have done from the beginning. It is important to document what you have seen, the exact time and location, and the specific people who were there. Make sure that you can support your claims with copies of timecards, emails, and records. As you attempt to report issues, continue to document matters. 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.
You documentation is an important evidence, if you have to go to court with the matter.
You need to understand what whistleblowing is and what it is not.