Manage an Employee Whistleblower

Key Points

  • When an employee blows the whistle on perceived employer or co-worker illegal or unethical behavior, workplaces may become strained, and collaborative relationships may be tested. An employer can encourage integrity in the workplace so that incidences resulting in whistleblowing are kept to a minimum.
  • Minimize the potential for greater future liability due to employer negligence through awareness and enforcement of work rules and ethics. Workplace policies, and the disciplinary procedures used to enforce them, should be communicated clearly and implemented fairly so as to avoid discrimination or retaliation claims. It is also important to provide adequate training regarding policies and procedures to employees on a regular basis.
  • When disciplining an employee whistleblower, ensure that the process is fair and equitable, and that it promotes overall ethics compliance within the workplace. Promptly discipline any employees or supervisors who retaliate against the whistleblower.

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