A Guide to Whistleblower Protection
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. 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. 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. 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 are refusing to do something simply for personal reasons then this cannot be protected by the whistleblower laws. Whistleblower laws cover sexual harassment complaints, but they do not cover discrimination against a class of job applicants or employees.
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. 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.
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. 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. Do not go beyond someone’s head, but respect the chain of command when reporting. 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 goes to court, this documentation can serve as evidence.
Understanding what is and what whistle blowing is not is something that is very important.