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.
In many scenarios, whistleblowers have watched from the sidelines as their superiors engaged in unethical and/or illegal activities. Deciding to blow the whistle on such wrongdoing probably did not come easily. Most of these people thought long and hard about the implications of speaking out before making such a decision. Some whistleblowers even go so far as to consult an attorney about the potential disadvantages, or cons, of taking such action.
The 36-year-old former manager who once worked at both a Warren and Southfield Chase bank was awarded $370,000 at the conclusion of an arbitration session earlier this month.
Deciding to join the ranks of whistleblowers in the United States is a huge decision. Many people fear retaliation from their employer or their co-workers. Unfortunately, there are times when these fears have a basis in reality. Retaliation against whistleblowers does occur in some cases, even here in the Detroit region.
The laws that govern our nation are quite complex, making it difficult for those without a legal education to understand them in-depth. To make matters even more confusing, laws change frequently as the country continues to evolve and grow. New laws are passed as needed and outdated laws are removed as they become obsolete.
The woman who until October headed the internal affairs department for the Michigan State Police is suing the department and its top two officials, claiming she was forced to retire.
Imagine this: you notice a workplace safety and health issue. You then engage in a protected activity -- by reporting the problem -- to keep yourself and others from harm. Maybe you even report the issue to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You were just trying to do the right thing, but your employer suddenly retaliates against you. Maybe your hours get cut or you're given an unfavorable position within the company. Maybe you're even fired.