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Find Out How the Whistleblowing Protection Act can Protect you.

6 Things To Look Out for When Blowing the Whistle

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It is crucial to speak out in a world where far too many people choose to remain silent. Many people anticipate that institutions, particularly those tasked with promoting the state and its ideals, will be characterised by justice and transparency, but regrettably, this is not the case.

Every so often, a whistleblower emerges, risking his career in the process of battling those who want to keep the truth about what is really going on hidden. To encourage those working for national institutions and affiliated organisations to be more open and accountable, whistleblowing protection acts have been put in place in most countries. 

When Sarah Feinberg, a former US Marine, joined Booz Allen Hamilton, a business that, according to NBC News, has contracts with almost all US government agencies, she believed she would be serving her country. She did not anticipate that she would discover widespread fraud and corruption within the company. It is critical to understand how the Whistleblowing Protection Act can protect you in situations like these because it can encourage more people to speak out. 

The Whistleblowing Protection Act is Designed to Protect You and the Public.

In order to stop public funds from being wasted and ending up in the pockets of large government contractors, Sarah Feinberg raised awareness among the general public. Sarah received $40 million for her efforts, but the investigation dragged on for close to six years, during which she had to go through the process of looking for a job with a whistleblower tag.

There are not many people who can handle this level of commitment and sacrifice. While Feinberg spoke about the fraud fearlessly, others will need to be protected. A Whistleblowing Protection Act is crucial to the process in order to know your rights because some people will suffer greatly from lost income and reputational harm. 

Governments are aware that whistleblowers like Feinberg require protection because it is their money they are being defrauded of. Whistleblowing protection acts have been created by governments all over the world for this reason. See some here. Feinberg made the decision to resign, but it is not uncommon to experience unfair dismissal or workplace harassment before making the decision to leave. Because of this, you are protected from retaliation by the whistleblowing protection acts in the US, EU and the UK. 

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In Sarah’s case, blowing the whistle resulted in a small fortune, but that is not always the case. You have the right to present your case to the Employment Office in the US or an Employment Tribunal in the UK. But it may be difficult to demonstrate that you were treated unfairly. In the UK, frequently the compensation should you win, is not enough to compensate what you lose financially. It is because of this the All Party Parliamentary Group for Whistleblowing (APPG) is fighting to change the law to better protect whistleblowers. Additionally, as was the case in Feinberg’s report, you must confirm that your argument serves to uphold the public/society good. 

The Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, both of which ensure that you are treated fairly should you decide to blow the whistle, provide protection for whistleblowers in the financial sector. 

If you are not sure whether to raise the alarm or not, see if what you know satisfies the following requirements:

  • criminal activity
  • a violation of a legal obligation
  • a mistake in the administration of justice;
  • a threat to a person’s health and safety;
  •  damage to the environment
  • related to a deliberate effort to hide any of these things
  • that information relating to any of the above has been, or is likely to be deliberately concealed.

If it does then perhaps it is time for you to speak up. If you are unsure whether it is actually happening or not, it might be a good idea to get in touch with someone who can assist you in gathering the necessary proof. If you believe your claims to be true, you will still be protected by the whistleblowing protection act and cannot face reprisals. But you must be sure that whoever you speak to you can trust – do not share information with anyone that is likely to not support you. In the UK who you speak to can alter the level of protection you can get. Speak to us for advice by downloading our app – it is encrypted and anonymous.

If there is a case, a third-party app like Aranea can connect you with one of our advisors who can advise you on how to move forward. Aranea can assist you in keeping all the records you need to be protected and in the right. 

Andy Parr, the founder of Aranea, was a whistleblower and chose to speak out when he observed acts that did not accord with his moral principles. He learned that speaking up is crucial, even in situations where you fear losing the support of those around you and face potential reprisals. It is for this reason that he took action to make sure that you can protect yourself by being aware of the law and by enlisting the help of the appropriate counsellors who can give you advice on how to maintain your anonymity, be ready for potential retaliation, and effectively report to the appropriate legal authorities.