Why You Should Retain Counsel During an Internal Investigation
- posted: Nov. 07, 2016
- Whistleblower Litigation
If you have blown the whistle on potential ethics violations or illegal activity within your organization, you may need to take part in an internal investigation. This may appear to be a good thing — after all, the company is doing its due diligence to investigate the matter.
However, what you may not realize is that the company is examining not just your claims, but also you personally. In fact, many of these proceedings focus more on discrediting the whistleblower than the actual claims, and the potential for retaliation is significant. You may be subject to a “termination for all” policy, in which the organization aims to protect itself by firing everyone involved in the wrongdoing — even the person who exposed it.
Even if you are able to keep your job, there are no guarantees that you will be treated fairly both during and after the investigation.
Protecting your legal rights
As a whistleblower, there are a number of protections offered to you through laws like the Dodd-Frank Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, among others. However, these laws are complex, and most people are not sure exactly on how they should proceed — and what they should and should not say — while internal investigations are taking place. By working with a whistleblower law attorney, you will be able to better protect your legal rights and best interests throughout a challenging process.
With all of the legal pitfalls involved for whistleblowers in corporate investigations, there is a lot at stake for you and your career. For the guidance and representation you need, meet with an experienced Dallas attorney at Whistleblower Law for Managers today.