Although Whistle-Blower Protection is our practice area listed last, it’s certainly not least. At Woosley Naragon, we hate & despise corruption, cheating, waste, fraud and abuse. Sure, some seedy activities may need to be tolerated to grease the wheels of commerce and production, but we stand up for those who are courageous enough to expose unscrupulous practices to the light of day. We understand that this can involve difficult decisions and enormous uncertainty, but the many victims of questionable enterprises can attest that these unseemly practices should be quashed. We will guide you and help protect you from the “system” and the evil-doers. During the Superbowl and other NFL games, they’re thinking about having 8-person crews officiating on the field with 22 players [there are now 7, with one called the “referee,” but they might add a “deep judge,” and there’s also a “replay assistant” in the booth]—that’s a ratio of about 1 person watching for every 3 players, yet there are still lots of penalties because many people like to try to gain an unfair advantage. In the game of life, the ratio is not nearly the same, so you may be the person who must throw up the bullshit flag or blow the whistle to call attention to cheaters. You should never face reprisals and punishment for doing the right thing to ensure that wrongdoing is exposed and dealt with through the proper channels. Whistle-blowers are critical to help protect workers and the public at large. There are generally two types of whistleblowers: public and private. As you might guess, public whistleblowers bring attention to wrongdoing within the Government [federal, state, or local]. A private whistleblower, on the other hand, is one who brings attention to misconduct within a corporation or privately-held business. The Government Accountability Project has defined the appropriate ways that whistle-blowers can report misdeeds:
- Report wrongdoing or violations of law to the proper governing authorities;
- Refuse to participate in wrongdoing at a place of employment;
- Testify in a legal proceeding regarding the misconduct;
- Leak evidence of misconduct to the media to bring attention to the issue(s).
Laws have been enacted to protect whistle-blowers from reprisal or punishment. Although these laws originate at the federal level, many states have also put protections in place. At Woosley Naragon, we will counsel you about qui tam actions and about the pros & cons of exposing wrongdoing in your particular circumstances. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you help others by gracefully tooting the whistle to expose the naked truth.