Whistleblower protection

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Posted by Legal Team On January 30, 2017

The exposure of internal information to outside sources is called whistleblowing. There might be people within an organization that are involved in corrupt practices, and others who feel uncomfortable about it. Coming out and exposing corrupt practices is accepted, and the law protects all whistleblowers from any sort of discrimination from the organization.

Whistleblowers face strong retaliation from their employers. If it is an organization they are working for, they might face termination. They may also be deemed part of the crime that was committed and be tried under the same charges as the people they have accused. This is why protection of whistleblowers becomes essential. Several laws have been passed to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

The whistleblower protection act of 1989 protects anyone who comes forward with vital information regarding misconduct in the government and its agencies. Due to this act, employees can provide information regarding wastage of funds, violation of laws, abuse of authority, or any other illegal or unethical act. The act prohibits agencies from taking any action against such employees. The US government has continued to protect whistleblowers with protection laws like the ‘No FEAR Act,’ and the ‘Freedom of Information Act.’

It takes a lot of courage to stand up to an organization that you are a part of. It puts you in a difficult position and makes you vulnerable to threats and lawsuits. It is important to contact an experienced attorney who understands whistleblower protection laws. Your attorney will be able to guide you and clarify all your rights.