The federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws prohibit punishing job applicants or employees for asserting their rights to be free from employment discrimination, including harassment.  Asserting these rights is called “protected activity,” and it can take many forms.  For example, it is unlawful to retaliate against applicants or employees for: filing or being a witness…

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I cannot say this enough to employers: Punishing an employee who participates in an EEOC charge will only multiple your problems. Michael Baldonado, EEOC San Francisco District Director Employer retaliation can lead to government fines, criminal charges, and employee lawsuits. Whistleblowing includes reporting unacceptable labor and employment practices to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A…

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the power to enforce many whistleblower protection laws. This authority includes many laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, that might not seem to relate to the administration’s traditional role. The laws OSHA enforces contain whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions. These laws generally provide that employers may not discharge…

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Managers may be the last to know about an ethics issue in the business. It is important to give employees a way to alert management to potential problems without fear of retaliation. When establishing a whistleblower policy, consider the following: Whistleblower Reports are a Gift While bad news is never enjoyable, it can stave off…

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Kelly Richmond Pope, TEDxDePaulUniversity Whistleblowers change the course of events. In this TEDx video, fraud researcher and documentary filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope explains why whistleblowers should be listened to and protected. This video is shared under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-ND 4.0). Please visit Ted.com. This TED Talk was originally posted in April 2017.

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Margaret Heffernan, TEDxDanubia A whistleblower may take substantial risks–professionally and personally–to reveal serious problems. But sometimes, managers and the public refuse to act on that information. Selective blindness can have drastic costs, as explained by author and former CEO Margaret Heffernan. This video is shared under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-ND 4.0). Please visit Ted.com. This…

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Businesses can take a few simple steps to create an environment where employees feel more comfortable raising critical ethics concerns. Every businessperson would like to believe that their employees would readily approach them with any ethics concerns in the workplace. But the reality is that many ethics concerns go unreported until it’s too late. To…

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