Reporting unethical behavior at work to higher-ups is known as whistleblowing. This might entail disclosing fraud, illegal activity, health and safety problems, cover-ups, or corruption brought on by someone in a position of authority.
People seeking regular employment could view whistleblowing as a dangerous course of action. But, you should be aware that a whistleblower can defend their own safety. Whistleblowing also protects future employees from dangerous workplaces and can protect the general public from unethical actions. Whistleblowers are therefore afforded specific legal safeguards.
When you disclose a violation of another person’s safety or security, your employer may become outraged. Because they defended their acts as being within their rights, your employer could try to retaliate. They could try to get back at you by lowering your wages, demoting you, shifting you to a less desired job or even attempting to fire you.
Is this within the rights of your employee? Here’s what you should know:
Protection from retaliation
You are protected against retaliatory actions if you blow the whistle since doing so is viewed as a public duty, but you may need to take the initiative. To avoid breaking any agreements, make sure you are well aware of your company’s reporting procedures and chain of command before you raise the alarm.
You may need to copy all of your previous performance reviews and work documentation, even emails praising your great work, in case you’re suddenly branded a “bad” worker. Once you’ve taken action, keep a record of all communications with your employer and store copies on your personal storage devices or in physical copy.
As a whistleblower, you’re taking proactive steps to protect the economy from unethical decisions. If you feel as if your legal rights have been violated, then you may need to reach out for experienced guidance in order to best protect your future.