5 signs of a potential whistleblower case

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2023 | Employment Law |

In today’s dynamic workplace, there are instances when an employee may witness wrongdoing within their organization, prompting them to consider blowing the whistle.

Recognizing the signs of potential misconduct is important for both employees and employers to foster a healthy work environment.

1. Fraudulent financial activities

One red flag that could signal a potential whistleblower case is the discovery of fraudulent financial activities within the company. Employees who stumble upon irregularities in financial records, such as unexplained expenses or manipulated accounting figures, may have cause for concern.

2. Safety violations in the workplace

Another type of wrongdoing that may warrant whistleblower attention involves safety violations. Employees who notice unsafe working conditions, inadequate safety protocols or the mishandling of hazardous materials may find themselves in a position to raise the alarm.

3. Discrimination and harassment

Discrimination and harassment in the workplace are serious issues that can lead to whistleblower cases. If an employee witnesses unfair treatment based on factors such as gender, race or ethnicity, it could be a sign of systemic problems within the organization.

4. Violations of environmental regulations

Employees who become aware of environmental violations within their organization may also need to blow the whistle. This could include improper disposal of waste, pollution or neglect of environmental regulations.

5. Retaliation against whistleblowers

In some instances, employees may discover evidence of retaliation against colleagues who previously blew the whistle. Witnessing such acts of reprisal can be a strong motivator for employees to come forward and expose the injustice.

In FY 2022, whistleblowers played a key role in 351 settlements and judgments. Being vigilant and recognizing these signs of potential wrongdoing empowers employees to play a role in maintaining the ethical standards of their workplace.