How The Workplace Fears And Fails The Whistleblower

Law360, New York (November 2, 2016, 11:55 AM EDT) -- In recent months, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's whistleblower program has garnered numerous headlines touting landmark awards granted to whistleblowers. These awards reveal the prevalence of misconduct and the power of insiders to uncover it, and that's good for investors, companies and the public at large. But the program's new space in the sun has shed light on an unsavory reality: Some employers take the reporting of misconduct more seriously than the committing of misconduct. This is dangerous. In my experience, too many companies have secretive cultures that reflexively retaliate against employees who report wrongdoing in the workplace. Oftentimes, the reaction of otherwise responsible organizations to whistleblowers is far more insidious than the possible misconduct originally reported....

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