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National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Promotes an Important Issue

This year, the National Whistleblower Center declared July 30 to be National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The organization received a great deal of support on its Facebook page when it made the announcement, although some did note that whistleblowers continue to face challenges across the country.

Overall, the past several years have seen some big wins for whistleblowers, receiving expanded rights and more incentives through the Dodd-Frank Act and other measures at the federal level. Now, whistleblowers who voluntarily provide information to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) may receive big awards, including up to 30 percent of the total sanctions levied against the organization found to be in violation of the law.

Protecting the rights of whistleblowers

Despite all of the progress that has been made, there are still some key legal pitfalls that may be keeping people from blowing the whistle on wrongdoing within their organizations, and potential whistleblowers are too often kept silence because they believe they could be fired or otherwise punished for speaking out. This is a real problem, as corporate internal investigations often end up targeting and discrediting whistleblower, rather than actually addressing the issue at hand.

With this in mind, it’s absolutely critical for you to retain legal counsel if you would like to serve as a whistleblower to expose unethical or criminal behavior within your company. For the sound legal guidance and advice you need, speak with a skilled Dallas attorney at Whistleblower Law for Managers today.

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  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

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