There are many different kinds of whistleblowers. 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. Some whistleblowers can their names smeared up for leaking information, and they end up losing the battle. Perhaps you are a whistleblower, or perhaps you are thinking of blowing the whistle on someone or something. 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. 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. The complaints that you will present should be a clear violation of laws or rules. If you are refusing to do something simply for personal reasons then this cannot be protected by the whistleblower laws. 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.
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. There is a site on the internet which deals with whistleblowers and other relevant matters.
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. Do not go beyond someone’s head, but respect the chain of command when reporting. Reporting an employer to his manager first, if he is violating labor laws is the proper chain of command.
If the matter goes to court, this documentation can serve as evidence.
You need to understand what whistleblowing is and what it is not.