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Whistleblower

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.
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He said that the whistle blower law would also be a check to discourage commission and would ensure that whatever was indicated in the PC-I of any developmental scheme would have to be on ground.
By contrast, blue-collar whistle blowers who report dangerous or unhealthy working conditions and practices on the factory floor often just get a hard time, though their concerns are no less important.
Clearly, the conditions that create company whistle blowers share common cultural elements, despite differences in detail.
It cannot guarantee the identity of the whistle blower will remain concealed during the investigation but at least that person could draw comfort from the fact that they have the FSA's support.
The Liberal government promised to create legislation to protect whistle blowers before the 1993 election.
During the past decade, this void largely has been filled as researchers have studied samples of whistle blowers intensely, using sound descriptive and empirical research methods.
Research has shown that most whistle blowers are not disgruntled employees (Brabeck 1984; Glazer and Glazer 1987 and 1989; Miceli and Near 1992; Near and Miceli 1987).
When asked for information about why a whistle blower spoke up, Glazer & Glazer reported that whistle-blowers made statements such as these:
Vincent McKnight and Altomease Kennedy of Ashcraft & Gerel (Washington, DC) filed this action under the False Claims Act, on behalf of their client, Igor Kapuscinski, the whistle blower who uncovered and reported the fraudulent conduct.
Besides defending the dismissal process on behalf of the whistle blowers, the Chicago Teachers Union--whose attorneys were provided with a summary of the findings in this article and declined to comment on the specific cases they handled--argues that the job of every union is to protect its members.
Given that whistle blowers proved instrumental in uncovering fraud in recent high-profile cases and that such a policy is one of the easiest elements of a corporate governance program to put in place, it's surprising more companies haven't done so," says Gauen.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the essence of the whistle blower law is to eliminate corruption and corrupt practices in the public affairs and the governance related issues strengthening the check and balance mechanism in all spheres of public dealings including the judicial utilization of hard earned public resources.