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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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The whistle-blower policy of the Federal Government is, and remains an offer made to the entire world, which ripened/ ripens into a unilateral and binding contract the moment somebody, anybody, the #ikoyigatewhistleblower came forward with information leading to the recovery of billions of Naira.
Sir Robert Francis' subsequent report Freedom to Speak up published in 2015 further recognises the problems faced by whistle-blowers when raising concerns, including pressure from employers and co workers, bullying, and personal suffering.
He added that information from whistle-blowers may not be necessarily accurate and thus an investigation must follow.
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
gov/whistleblower) whistle-blower program , which Thomas helped author in his former position at the SEC, gives 10 to 30 percent of the proceeds from an enforcement case to a helpful whistle-blower.
Interestingly, Feldman and Lobel concluded, "often, offering monetary rewards to whistle-blowers will lead to less, rather than more, reporting of illegality.
Most of the whistle-blowers are internal whistle-blowers, meaning that they report misconduct on a co-worker or superior within their company.
Whistle-blowers claimed that hundreds of students could have been awarded qualifications they did not know they had or which they had not actually achieved.
Whistle-blowers claimed hundreds of students could have been awarded qualifications they did not know they had or which they had not actually achieved.
Therefore, whistle-blowers will earn, at a minimum, $1 million to $3 million.
Yet, many companies fail to implement evidence-based policies that encourage whistle-blowers to report wrongdoing internally--and suffer the consequences.