Very strict laws govern whistleblower claims and protections. Choosing to blow the whistle is a difficult, time-sensitive decision.
No matter what decision you make, you will face consequences. Therefore, these are tips you may consider if you decide to become a whistleblower.
Learn your rights and responsibilities
As in any legal or employment situation, you should first learn your rights as a whistleblower. For example, your employer cannot retaliate, threaten, coerce, harass, intimidate or discriminate against you. In addition, you should understand your employer’s rights and what evidence you need to prove your claim.
You should also learn about the whistleblower claim process, including any deadlines that apply to your case. You can also remain a confidential witness. Also, avoid breaking the law by disclosing information outside the lawsuit.
Discuss your decision
Your decision to become a whistleblower can impact many people, including your family and coworkers. If any of your coworkers help you gather evidence, they need to know about your decision. In addition, you should discuss this process with your spouse, children and other family members. This process can cause psychological trauma and stress for all your family members, and you may have to give up your preferred career.
Secure your documents
Secure any evidence you have of illegal activity. Avoid allowing them to get damaged in any way. For example, keep them dry and clean. Do not write on them. You can make copies or use Post-it notes that you can write on, but avoid any alteration to the original documents. Also, print any electronic documents so you have a hard copy. Avoid sharing these documents with anyone outside the case, including your family.
To get the best results from your whistleblower case, avoid discussing, complaining or sharing documents with anyone and follow the law carefully.