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Why You Should Retain Counsel During an Internal Investigation

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.

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  • "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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