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Prospective whistleblowers should prepare for what they may face

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Whistleblower Protection

There is a certain nobility when a person chooses to put themselves in jeopardy professionally and sometimes personally by reporting on what they know. Considering what they will be confronted with, there are facts about being a whistleblower they should be aware of beforehand.

What whistleblowers should know before coming forward

Since being a whistleblower is costly if not outright destructive to the entity that is being reported for wrongdoing, there are dangers involved not just to whistleblower but to those close to them. Reporting what happened impacts family members and can result in the person who is coming forward being subject to various negative consequences simply for speaking up.

When deciding to become a whistleblower, it is important to go step by step to ensure the case is viable. That includes gathering the necessary evidence to prove what is happening; being cognizant of the laws being broken; and thinking about what the reaction at the workplace will be when the whistleblower’s identity is revealed.

Whistleblowers are advised to behave as if nothing is amiss and continue to do their jobs as before. This will prevent colleagues and employers from becoming suspicious. This is essential as the case is being constructed. There is also a chance that the long-term damage can be mitigated by having an internal review to put a stop to the behavior if it is not widespread.

There are benefits to being a whistleblower

Whistleblowers are shielded by the False Claims Act and other laws. They cannot be terminated or punished in their job for reporting what they know; and they can receive a financial reward. When considering whether to pursue the avenues available for potential whistleblowers, it is wise to know the terrain and what to expect. Having professional advice from the outset can give people peace of mind as they proceed.