Whistleblowers are employees who report illegal or unsafe practices their companies are participating in. These individuals are brave for coming forth with this information and deserve to be commended. Here are a few common myths about whistleblowing not to believe.
You Can Get Terminated for Whistleblowing
Some people are reluctant to blow the whistle on their company’s harmful practices because they are afraid of getting terminated. However, it is against the law for employers to retaliate against workers for whistleblowing. If your employer has still demoted, cut your pay or retaliated against you in any other way, contact an employment lawyer about filing a retaliation claim.
Whistleblowers Are Just Seeking Attention
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most whistleblowers take their job seriously and only seek attention for the problem, not themselves. In fact, many whistleblowers experience hostility from their supervisors and coworkers and have a difficult time coming into work.
Whistleblowers Must Identify Themselves Publicly
This is not true either. Whistleblowers are not required by law to identify themselves to the public. Most of the time, whistleblowers can keep their case confidential during the entire investigation. It may be in your best interest to speak with a lawyer about how you can keep your identity private.
Whistleblowers Need First-Hand Information to File a Complaint
Not necessarily. Authorities are just concerned about hearing from anyone who has reason to believe that a company isn’t acting ethical. Therefore, if you have a second-hand report regarding illegal or unethical behaviors, you should still inform the proper authorities.
Whistleblowers Are the Same as Leakers
Unlike whistleblowers, leakers don’t go through the proper channels of disclosure required by law. Since they go outside the formal channels, they may not be protected against retaliation and even face civil and criminal penalties.
Whistleblowers Are Greedy
Another common misconception about whistleblowers is that they are just out for money. Although they may be able to receive a financial reward for their tip, they don’t know the actual amount of the award until the case is finalized. Therefore, it is likely that whistleblowers have other motives besides money.
If you want to blow the whistle on your employer’s illegal or immoral acts, schedule a consultation with an employment lawyer, like one from Disparti Law Group, today. A lawyer can review your case and advise you the best way to move forward.