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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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1,2) Given their role in precipitating the launch of several major public inquiries, whistle-blowers are increasingly described as positively contributing to service improvement through bringing to light the problems of healthcare quality and safety that too often remain hidden from public exposure.
This allows potential whistle-blowers easy access to GCG communication lines and other channels like the agency's website, email, and telephone, among others.
15% of whistle-blowers are dismissed as a result of their actions
In many cases, these whistle-blowers are women who, some studies report, are more inclined to value egalitarian, ethical workplaces over constructs like solidarity and toeing the line.
The whistle-blower founds himself between loyalty to their employer and their moral commitment to the law and society at large.
The Sunday Times] are happy, they agreed that they will bring this whistle-blower here to Zurich and then we will have a discussion, an investigation of this," Blatter said.
We're actually working on whistle-blower legislation, its part of a project we're looking into," said Bryan Stirewalt, director, Supervision, at the DFSA, speaking on the sidelines of a press briefing by the financial services regulator on money laundering.
filed a False Claims Act suit, which allows a private person to file a whistle-blower suit on behalf of government.
It also called for corporate procedures to collect and investigate whistle-blower fraud claims.
Establish written policies for all employees of the organization, including management, agents, and contractors, providing detailed information about the federal False Claims Act (FCA), including federal administrative remedies, any state laws pertaining to criminal or civil penalties for false claims and statements, and whistle-blower protections under such laws.
The court held, inter alia, that the hospital demonstrated that the plaintiff's termination was predicated upon grounds other than her exercise of any rights protected under New York state's Whistle-blower Statute.