Fraud in all of its forms undermines the efforts honest U.S. citizens make to enrich our nation. Whether it is massive corporate schemes or unethical small business activities, fraud continues to plague Michigan and the entire country. Fortunately, whistleblowers continue to emerge from the shadows, intent on fighting against wrongdoing of any type.
Choosing to become a whistleblower is not an easy decision to make. Even in the best-case scenario, potential whistleblowers have thought long and hard about whether to speak out. Some of the things to consider if you're in this position include:
Choosing to become a whistleblower is a big step that requires careful consideration. Some Detroit employees may avoid blowing the whistle, but many others feel it is right to call out wrongdoing of any kind.
When you are on the job in Michigan, you are entitled to certain protections under state law. One of those laws is the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act.
A former state prison warden was awarded $438,000 in damages after a jury ruled he had been subject to retaliation by his supervisors.
It is safe to assume that most American citizens take access to clean water for granted. For many decades, the water we all drink has been relatively free of dangerous contaminants like lead. Several years ago, residents of Flint learned the hard way not to take the water for granted when many of them grew ill from the city's contaminated water supply.
Whistleblower cases are sometimes extremely complex. The ones who choose to take a stand against corruption or cooperate in a corruption investigation often experience retaliation in many forms. In some cases, such retaliation occurs in the whistleblower's workplace. Other times, it occurs in more insidious ways that affect a participant's lifestyle and business.
As you may already know, Medicare and Medicaid fraud cost the United States billions of dollars, which has a way of trickling down to affect all citizens. When this type of fraud occurs in a skilled nursing facility or in a nursing home, it may also put the residents in these facilities at risk of harm. To fight against this fraud, the Nursing Home Complaint Center is looking for whistleblowers who are prepared to help call out these fraudulent activities.
If you have ever witnessed illegal or unethical activities in your Detroit workplace, chances are that you thought twice about reporting these activities. Without guaranteed confidentiality and protection against retaliation, many would-be whistleblowers hesitate before speaking out. Some of them may never speak out because of retaliation and confidentiality concerns.
The director of special projects for the Detroit Building Authority (DBA) issued a statement acknowledging that a worker with the Detroit-based Gayanga Co. stepped forward on March 12 to let them know of a potential case of fraud on their employers' part.