By Jay Holland, Joseph Greenwald & Laake
Whether in the news, on a TV show or even in your own workplace, you’ve probably heard about whistleblowing more than you think. Whistleblowing, or the act of informing on a person or organization engaged in an unethical or illegal activity, is a tricky subject. While some may think that whistleblowers are simply “tattlers,” other people may see it as a bold act of holding a person or company accountable.
July 30 marked the third annual National Whistleblower Day, which celebrates and honors whistleblowers across the country. The day provides a platform to discuss why whistleblowers are so important, and why we need them to right wrongs and shed light on injustices within the workplace.
Whistleblowers give valuable information from the inside that helps to hold corporations and other organizations accountable for their actions. In fact, the majority of corporate fraud is reported by whistleblowers, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. This reporting can save taxpayers billions of dollars each year, as False Claims Act recoveries add up to over $28 billion since 1986.
If you believe you potentially have a whistleblower case, it is imperative that you reach out to an experienced whistleblower attorney for assistance. According to Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF), the government is less likely to consider your case over the many others it receives if you do not present a well-framed legal and factual case. That’s why a whistleblower attorney can help you to organize yourself in order to properly file and present your case.
Now that National Whistleblower Day has passed, take time to understand exactly why whistleblowers are so imperative to businesses across the country. Without whistleblowers, we would lose a vast population of those willing to hold each other accountable for the betterment of company ethics.