Whistleblowing is the act of exposing wrongdoing within an organization. It is a courageous act that upholds ethics and transparency.
However, blowing the whistle may also lead to challenges, such as wrongful termination. If you find yourself facing termination despite doing the right thing, there are steps you can take to protect your rights.
Maintain a meticulous record of incidents related to your whistleblowing. Keep copies of emails, memos or any relevant documents that support your claims. This documentation can serve as evidence if you need to demonstrate that your termination is due to your whistleblowing activities.
Follow company procedures
Adhere to your workplace’s internal procedures for reporting misconduct. If there is a designated channel for whistleblowing, ensure that you use it appropriately. By following the established protocols, you strengthen your position and demonstrate that you acted in good faith.
Seek support from colleagues
Identify coworkers who may have witnessed the misconduct or can attest to your commitment to ethical practices. Their statements can provide additional credibility to your case.
In the face of adversity, remain professional. Continue to fulfill your job responsibilities diligently and maintain a positive work ethic. By doing so, you create a stark contrast between your conduct and any potential false allegations made against you.
The Securities and Exchange Commission received 12,300 whistleblower tips in 2022, each of which has a part to play in holding organizations accountable for wrongdoing. The SEC values whistleblowers and their rights, so there are regulations in place that allow you to avoid wrongful termination or defend yourself if it does happen.