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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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A former HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA) employee has turned whistle-blower and revealed the names of clients whom the bank had helped to dodge tax.
We've seen examples in the residential care sector that when whistle-blowers are sidelined, desperate relatives resort to hidden cameras.
60% of whistle-blowers receive no response from management, either positive or negative
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In the corporate context, whistle-blowers is a term used to describe those employees who report wrongdoings to those in authority, or to the public.
Supreme Court that resulted in a ruling weakening protections for government whistle-blowers.
Adding another level of enforcement, the state laws will enable the federal government to reclaim monies without getting involved in smaller whistle-blower cases.
Administrators loathe whistle-blowers because invariably it is their competence that is in question.
Passage of such a law would have a number of potential benefits, but available studies of jurisdictions where these laws exist suggest a limited impact on the actual number of cases of wrongdoing brought forward and limited effectiveness in protecting whistle-blowers against damage to their careers.
Successfully used by Medicare, the bounty hunter approach allows whistle-blowers to share in funds recovered through prosecutions under the False Claims Act.
Having nowhere else to turn, he contacted the government agency charged with protecting federal whistle-blowers and with enforcing antidiscrimination rules: the Office of Special Counsel.
It contains an interesting database that is apparently current: the names and present residences of whistle-blowers concealed by the government's witness-protection program.