Protecting truth and justice in the corporate world can come at a high price for a whistleblower, so consider these tips before you proceed with a careful and knowledgeable approach.
- Step 1: Prepare to lose your job as a result of whistleblowing.
- TIP: Be honest about your whistleblowing experience when interviewing for a new job.
- Step 2: Use any actions taken against you to flush out out the issues and further your attempt to achieve justice through whistleblowing. While whistleblowing probably won't provide fame and fortune, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you've done the right thing.
- FACT: Famous whistleblower Karen Silkwood died mysteriously in 1974 after investigating irregularities at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron River plutonium plant in Oklahoma.
- Step 3: Seek out regulators, a trade union, or other appropriate authoritative agencies if a company or organization dismisses your concerns of wrongdoing.
- TIP: Assume a helpful attitude with management when first drawing attention to wrongdoing.
- Step 4: Seek professional counsel or the aid of a nonprofit whistleblower advocacy group to ensure your exposure of wrongdoing will achieve justice and result in the corrections you desire.
- TIP: Go to the police if a the situation is putting people in imminent danger.
- Step 5: Make sure you act in the public interest and are not motivated by personal gain to obtain needed support and legal protections.
- Step 6: Raise your concerns internally with the appropriate personnel.
- Step 7: Understand the laws. State and federal whistleblower laws limit protection for potential action against malpractice at the workplace or an organization.