A recent article in Fortune magazine explored the issue of whistleblowing and how it appears that women are more likely than men to call out illegal or unethical activities within their organizations.
The article features the story of Carmen Segarra, a New York Federal Reserve examiner who recognized a problematic relationship between her agency and investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. Her job was to serve as a watchdog for the firm, but was fired just seven months after starting. She did, however, record hours of conversations among her co-workers that suggested the New York Fed provided special treatment to the investment bank.
Although both the Fed and Goldman Sachs denied Segarra’s claims, it was another woman dedicated to exposing wrongdoing, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who stepped in to call for an investigation at the federal level.
The Fortune article explores three different reasons why women could be more inclined to become whistleblowers:
The writer of the Fortune article makes it clear that these are generalizations and represent the opinions of researchers and Sharron Watkins, a former vice president at Enron who tried to expose wrongdoing at the company before its collapse.
Regardless of your gender, if you recognize unethical or illegal activities within a business, organization or government agency, you may need to come forward with information to protect the public interest. Speak with a skilled Dallas attorney at Whistleblower Law for Managers to learn more.