The Whistleblower Era

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  1. Jon May says:

    Michael,

    I represent whistleblowers in cases brought under a variety of federal statutes, and I can tell you from my own experience that if companies didn't treat whistleblowers as enemies, that is, if companies looked seriously into the employee's allegations, and rewarded the employee instead of retaliated against him, fewer whistleblowers would be running to the government and filing claims . Most whistleblowers are loyal employees who like their jobs and want to do them ethically and lawfully. They are not out to harm the company or obtain a financial windfall. Understandably their attitude toward the company changes after their allegations are ignored or they are fired. 

    What companies need to see is that the whistleblower is the companies' first line of defense against fraud. Consequently, wistleblowers should be integrated into the companies compliance regime, in a serious, not half hearted way. 

     

    Jon

     

  2. Jon (May) – I couldn't agree more strongly. Many companies have codes of conduct and internal whistleblower lines, however I have yet to hear of a company that really does provide positive incentives for whistleblowers. In my experience people do not believe the internal rhetoric that whistleblowers will be given full protection from any subsequent victimisation or other loss of personal reputation. I agree fully that most people are well motivated and want to protect their company. The Michael Woodford (Olympus CEO) case is a very clear indication that we are a long way from whistleblowers really being protected !!!