What is Whistleblower Protection in the Workplace?

March 29, 2021 4:45 pm


Whistleblowing has been defined as “identification and public exposure of facts which, in the opinion of a reasonable person, reveal negligence, improper management, or other actions or conditions in the work environment”. If you work in an office or a place of employment where you are engaged in any type of activity that may have a direct impact on the employment or working condition of another employee or if you are subjected to any type of improper treatment including any incidents of violence in the workplace, you also have a right to take legal action against the employer and this can be in the form of whistleblowing.

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What is whistleblower protection in the workplace? Another question that many people ask who work in an office environment or are concerned about the treatment of others within the workplace, is what is the employer’s liability in situations of a whistle blowing. In most cases, your employer is well aware of liability issues regarding sexual harassment, discrimination, and similar types of issues, so they are responsible for any activities related to those issues. There are laws in place to protect whistleblowers, so they need not fear the threat of reprisals or losing their job if they do reveal bad practice.

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The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is in place so that no employee should ever feel they cannot reveal wasteful practices, illegal activity or any other issues that shouldn’t be taking place.