Mainstream media capitalizes on whistleblower cases, spotlighting many of the major cases, such as Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Unfortunately, they also cast light on some of the negative incidents, including cases like Edward Snowden’s sedition charges. No matter who your employer is, it is important to remember that blowing the whistle is a serious decision.
There are many misconceptions about blowing the whistle, so you need to understand the facts.
Whistleblowers are protected
If you worry about retaliation or backlash from your employer as a result of blowing the whistle, you should know that you are protected by federal laws. Not only that, but some states have local laws to protect whistleblowers as well.
You do not need to be a witness
When you are hesitant to report the incident because you were not a first-hand witness, you should know that it does not preclude you from doing so. You do not have to witness the fraud if you can provide specific, clear, concrete proof that it happened. Financial records, emails and internal documents are some of the evidence sources to consider.
You can come forward as a participant
One common misconception is that, if you participated in the activity, you are not eligible to blow the whistle on those responsible. The fact is that you can not only come forward but you may also receive special considerations if you do so.
Whistleblower protections exist to allow corporations and entities to be held accountable for wrongdoing. As an employee, you should recognize your right to speak up when you see something wrong.