The Pros And Cons Of Whistleblowing

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In the recent past, there have been several employees who have brought to light corrupt and unethical business practices on the part of their employer. Whistleblowers are known as internal and external individuals who disclose their firms’ illegal behavior. When faced with such an accusation, some companies have tried retaliating against the informer (Beatty 743). As a result of these cases, there are numerous laws that exist that protect employees from retaliation. Within this paper, the most significant whistleblowing protection statutes and acts will be discussed, as well as, important cases, and the ethics behind whistleblowing.
Generally, the types of workplace retaliation that are enforced to protect against the treatment of whistleblowers
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City of New York, Harman spoke out on national television "the workers who are considered the best workers are the ones who seem to be able to move cases out quickly"; and (2) "there are lots of fatalities the press doesn't know anything about."(Harman v. City of New York, 1996). These statements were in regards to the city’s welfare agency not adequately protecting children from egregious abuse. The city suspended her without pay for thirty days so she sued. The court ultimately ruled that the government holds the right to prohibit some employee speech unless it is a matter of public concern (Beatty

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