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Whistle Blower

An employee of a company who has knowledge of illegal activities and reports them to the authorities. Generally speaking, a whistle blower reports the activities out of a sense of conscience or out of a desire to avoid criminal charges himself/herself. Under federal law, whistle blowers may not be fired, but some companies find ways around this.


An employee or other person who publicly exposes the wrongdoings of a private company. For example, if a company is illegally dumping chemicals in a protected environment, a whistleblower may tell the proper authorities or, failing that, the media. Certain laws may protect whistleblowers from being fired or other negative consequences within the company.


someone who publicizes or reports to the relevant authorities what they perceive to be unlawful or unethical practices by their employer or fellow employees. Whistle-blowing has become more prominent in recent years, in part because of the trend towards commercialization of public services (e.g. in the health service). Many CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT now preclude employees from publicizing any aspect of the employing organization without prior authorization, and this has made whistle-blowing a more secretive and more dramatic activity Those blowing the whistle, rather than those committing the unlawful or unethical act, are often those penalized by the employer. However, in some circumstances (e.g. health and safety violations) whistle-blowers now have legal protection.
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Ex-DPP Keir Starmer's comments came as the BBC said it had seen an email which whistle-blower Herve Falciani says he sent to HMRC in 2008 offering information about clients at a private bank based in Switzerland.
Normally, an employee must raise their concern internally to be protected as a whistle-blower - this gives an employer the opportunity to identify if there is any substance to the complaint and, if so, try and reduce any related risk by taking remedial action, which may avoid or limit any bad publicity.
A whistle-blower told BBC Radio 4's Money Box he was recruited on an international freelance telesales website.
Their decision came after the whistle-blower produced evidence in the form of audio recordings.
The whistle-blower estimates up to 1,000 people could have been 'scammed'.
Given that all investigations into Richardson are closed, the whistle-blower protection law no longer applies, the newspaper argued.
The practice, described in a whistle-blower lawsuit in federal court in Worcester, allegedly established a phony patient address and a paper trail of dunning notices, so the hospital could then submit the bills to a state program for payment.
The first helpful whistle-blower received about $50,000 for his help in (http://www.
th], The Bradley Manning Support Network is proud to present an evening in support of Army PFC Bradley Mannning , the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower.
A JAILED whistle-blower has been awarded pounds 65million after exposing widespread tax evasion at a bank.
Ms Hall, representing herself, said: "It was my perception, as the whistle-blower, that there was an obstruction from senior managers.
When whistle-blower Peter Daly, 49, attempted to tell managers about what he believed was going on, he said he received a threatening phone call.