A Guide to Whistleblower Protection
Whistleblowers come in different sorts. 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. Are you a whistle blower, or are you planning of becoming a whistle blower soon? You need to protect yourself, and below are some ways on how you can do so.
If a person reports, opposes, or refused to engage in the violation of laws, rules, or regulations, there are whistleblower laws that protect them. 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 refuse to do something simply because you don’t want to do them, you cannot use these whistleblower laws to protect yourself. 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. 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. You can learn about whistle blowing on certain sites online.
Documentation of what you have done from the start is very important. 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. 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.
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.