Becoming a whistleblower is a big decision, one that can have serious ramifications. Below are a number of questions whistleblowers tend to ask before taking action:
1. What protections are there?
It’s important to note that you do have legal protections if you decide to speak up against something that is illegal, so you can’t be fired or otherwise retaliated against.
2. Is there a risk to doing nothing?
You may think there are risks to speaking up, but the truth is that there can be risks if you do nothing, as well. For example, an unsafe workplace could lead to accidents and injuries if steps are not taken to correct the problem.
3. Can you make the report anonymously?
In many cases, you may be able to file without telling anyone who you are. However, it’s worth noting that this can make it hard for those you contact-government agencies, for example-to get all of the information needed to take proper action.
4. Can you talk to your boss first?
Some companies are more open and welcoming than others, and they may have a policy encouraging you to go to your boss first. Your boss may then be able to fix the issue. However, it’s important to consider the legal side of things, as well, as reporting to a boss who wants to cover up issues is problematic.
5. Will anything really change?
Many employees worry that speaking up will do nothing, which is why it’s so important to know that you’re taking the right legal steps and that you’re talking to the right people in Florida. If you do, whistleblowing can be beneficial and can have a real impact.
Source: Good Corporation, “How to make whistleblowing work,” accessed May 11, 2016