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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.
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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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The whistle-blower directive is a groundbreaking piece of legislation.
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This causes fear among whistle-blowers, which is why protection is vital.
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The federal government, which the whistle-blower originally included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, investigated the case, but declined to pursue it.
He said SEC investigations take two to four years to complete, and with the program's launch in August 2011, the next several months would see ripening results from whistle-blower actions started earlier.
She believes the ordeals of the whistle-blower magnify the most pressing questions of the 21st century: What is it that we value?
That happens because some view a whistle-blower as someone sharing knowledge of misconduct for the benefit of others and some believe that a whistle-blower is acting disloyal to their organization.
Termed "whistle-blowers," the employees must first make claims of "alleged whistle-blower retaliation," FDA's counsel said in a filing with the United States District Court of the District of Columbia.