What Is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is a person who helps to bring attention to misconduct, illegal activity or dishonest conduct in an organization, such as a government organization or a business. Whistleblowers are important to help protect workers and the public. There are two types of whistleblowers: public and private. As you might expect, a public whistleblower is one who brings attention to wrongdoing within the government. A private whistleblower is one who brings attention to misconduct within a corporation or privately-held business. The Government Accountability Project has defined the proper ways that whistleblowers can report misdeeds:
- Report a wrongdoing or law violations to the proper governing authorities;
- Refuse to participate in wrongdoing at a place of employment;
- Testify in a legal proceeding regarding the misconduct;
- Leak evidence of misconduct to media to bring attention to the issue.
There are laws in place to protect whistleblowers from reprisal or punishment for doing the right thing. These laws originate at the federal level, but many states have protections in place for whistleblowers. These laws protect individuals who wish to do the right thing and bring attention to misdeeds, so they have no fear of reprisal.
If you have called attention to wrongdoings in a government agency or business, or would like to do so, you may be afraid of what can happen to you as a result. It is important to have a competent legal team on your side to help you through the process and explain to you what your reporting options are. If you are in the Miami-Dade County area and believe that you have a case for protection under the whistleblower laws, Saenz & Anderson can help.
Give us a call today so we can help you through the legal maze that accompanies these issues. We will ensure that you are protected and help you pursue any recourse that you are entitled to. You should never be punished for doing the right thing and ensuring that corruption is addressed through the proper channels.