Generational shifts could lead to more whistleblowing claims

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2020 | Firm News

Whistleblower cases have increased in recent years. Some credit is probably due to the expansion of whistleblower protections. However, generational shifts may also be driving some of the increase.

The nature of employment has changed a lot over the decades

When your grandparents got a job, they were pretty much set for the rest of their working days. It was not uncommon to work for the same employer for 40 years before settling into the retired life. This idea almost seems mythical in the modern age.

When you worked for the same employer for a long time, you would feel a sense of belonging and loyalty. In many ways, your employer and co-workers were an extension of your family. You may not have wanted to report any instances of harassment or illegal actions taken by your employer. If you did, you ran the risk of getting fired. Finding another job would have been difficult.

Nowadays, changing jobs frequently is often an expectation. This means that many workers are less likely to feel a sense of loyalty toward their employer. This can be especially true for those trying to make ends meet in the “gig” economy.

An emphasis on social responsibility

Another major difference between younger generations and older generations is a sense of social responsibility. Younger workers may be more concerned with the “greater good” than showing a commitment to their employer. This feeling could cause younger workers to be quicker to report on the illegal actions of their employer.

You should be protected from retaliation

Whistleblower laws are designed to protect you from retaliation by your employer. However, employers may still take illegal action against you. It’s important that you discuss your situation with a skilled legal professional. Doing so can help you protect your interests. It can also help you hold your employer accountable.