In this series we are offering some advice to those who might be in a position to ‘blow the whistle’ (whistleblowers) on the illegal or fraudulent activity of their employers.
3. Things are about to get rocky! Becoming a whistleblower could have serious repercussions on your career, your life and your family. If you think you’re going to call foul and everything will be fine after that (because you are probably protected from retaliation by one of the various whistleblower protection laws), you are wrong. There are certainly steps you can take to protect yourself, and one of the best ways is to make sure you follow RULE 10, below!!
4. Like it or not….you are a whistleblower! So often when whistleblowers are interviewed after the fact, they say that they were just doing their civic duty. And this is by far the most common sentiment. No one goes into a job hoping to catch their employer committing fraud. But once it happens and you become embroiled in the world of employment law, accept the fact that you are a whistleblower and that you have certain rights (and responsibilities) that go along with that. You need to protect yourself and make sure that your interests are being protected….again, see RULE 10.
5. Don’t fall for the bribe. After bringing a case, the corporation might try and buy you off. One famous case involved Brown & Root in 1987 and a journeyman electrician, Joseph Macktal, Jr. Macktal was fired from the Comanche Peak nuclear power construction site in Stevensville, Texas for raising safety concerns. “Brown & Root wanted his silence and was willing to pay,” Kohn writes. “Macktal’s attorneys wanted their fees and strongly urged him to accept the money offer.” He did. But the settlement – which included a gag order – “ate at Macktal’s conscience.” He eventually hired new attorneys and successfully challenged the settlement agreement. In addition, if you take a bribe to keep quiet, you are no longer protected by the whistleblower protection laws, and it is even possible that when the fraud or illegal activity does come to light, that you could be seen as an accomplice…or at the very least an essential witness.
In the next article we will continue this Top Ten things to keep in mind if you’re about to become a whistleblower.
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