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How Whistleblowers can Protect Themselves

Whistleblowers come in different sorts. There are whistleblowers who come out to expose wrongdoing, fraud, and corruption either in their own workplace or in positions of government, and are considered as heroes by many. There are also those who leak out information, but the result is that they get a bad name for themselves that no one wants to take them in for 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. 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.

However, whistleblower laws are not applicable for all types of complaints. 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. Sexual harassment complaints are protected by whistleblower laws while discrimination against employees is not.

Reporting your complaint to the wrong person can only hurt your case when 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. There is a site on the internet which deals with whistleblowers and other relevant matters.

It is important to make documentation of what you have done from the start. It is important to document what you have seen, the exact time and location, and the specific people who were there. You need to support your claims with copies of timecards, emails, and records. Even while you are trying to report issues, you should keep on documenting everything. Try to report them within the chain of command before going over someone’s head. Reporting an employer who is violating labor laws to his immediate superior is the proper chain of command to be observed, and not to anybody else.

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.

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