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Tips That Can Help All Corporate Whistleblowers

One aspect of our work with whistleblowers from corporate environments is not just assisting them through the whistleblowing process, but also ensuring the protection and comfort of whistleblowers throughout the process. Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing may be the right thing to do, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful.

If you are aware of wrongdoing within your company, there are several steps you can take to make sure you get through the process as efficiently and successfully as possible:

  • Never participate in something you know to be wrong: If you are asked to participate in an illegal scheme or fraudulent activity, do not participate in these actions. While you can still below the whistle on unethical or illegal behavior in which you took part, the ultimate results for you will not be as positive as they would have been had you avoided taking part in the illegal activity altogether.
  • Report immediately: When you become aware of illegal or unethical behavior, make sure you report it to the employer, SEC or both as soon as possible. Immediate reporting reflects well on you—a failure to report in a timely manner could raise the question as to why you waited so long.
  • Keep it private: Unless it is absolutely necessary to do so, never go public with your complaints. Go through all the proper legal channels and let the process resolve itself, otherwise you open up a big legal can of worms you’d do well to avoid.
  • Be prepared to make career changes: Even though wrongful termination is illegal, you may ultimately decide you do not want to stick with your current position.

For more tips for the corporate whistleblowing process, contact an experienced attorney at Kardell Law Group.

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