Definition of a Whistleblower

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A whistleblower is an employee, former employee, or member of an organization, especially a business or government agency, who reports misconduct to people or entities that have the power and presumed willingness to take corrective action. Generally the misconduct is a violation of law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblower complaints focus on conduct prohibited by a specific law and that may cause damage to public safety, waste tax dollars, or violate public trust in an honest, accountable government.

Whistleblowers often face retaliation for revealing illegal acts. Employers may refuse a whistleblower pay increases or promotions, and in some cases, companies have fired whistleblowers. In some very extreme cases, governmental agencies have even filed criminal cases against whistleblowers. An experienced whistleblower lawyer like those at our firm can protect whistleblowers from retaliation by vindictive companies and government agencies.