The main goal driving whistleblower policy is not only to expose and prevent waste, abuse, and fraud against the government as well as within major corporations and other employment organizations, but also to protect the employee whistleblowers that report such corruption. Many private and public companies and organizations contain their own whistleblower policy within company handbooks. All whistleblower policies, as provided by whistleblower law, guarantee the right of every employee who blows the whistle, the freedom from fear, harassment, and any other adverse reaction in response to the employee’s whistleblowing.

Whistleblower Protection under Whistleblower Laws

Under whistleblower policy, the two most recent forms of whistleblower legislation that provide whistleblower protection to employee whistleblowers are:

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  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Under federal law, enacted in 2002 in reaction to corporate and accounting scandals, including Arthur Anderson, Enron, Tyco International, and Worldcom, employees who report any misconduct in violation of federal regulations governing securities fraud are granted protection from adverse treatment in the workplace.
  • False Claims Act: The federal False Claims Act (“FSA”), amended in 1986, allows private citizens with evidence of fraud against the government to sue a defendant on behalf of the government. Also known as qui-tam lawsuits, the private citizen may share in the recovery of the suit, ranging from 15-25% of the recovered money. 

Contact A Whistleblower Lawyer

If you’ve been involved in a whistleblower situation, contact an experienced whistleblower lawyer to learn more about your rights and receive a free and confidential consultation.

Published November 17, 2011 by