Whistleblowing is the act of reporting a company for breaking the law or endangering the public in some way. These reports are usually made anonymously, to protect the whistleblower from retaliation. This is why so few people blow the whistle on their company. However, those who do stand to make a lot of money and receive recognition for brave efforts in standing up to corruption. The SEC Whistleblower Program, for example, rewards individuals who report corporate wrongdoing by issuing them with monetary awards if they meet certain conditions. In other words, blowing the whistle on your company can pay off if you know what you are doing and hire the right whistleblower attorney. To that end, here are three things whistleblowers need to do before they blow the whistle on their company.
Know Your Rights
If you are going to blow the whistle, you will want to know if there are protections for whistleblowers. All fifty states and the federal government have laws that protect whistleblowers from being fired or otherwise punished for exposing wrongdoing. This means your company cannot fire you for blowing the whistle on them. If they do, you can sue them for retaliation. This is something you should speak about with an experienced whistleblower attorney who can explain the process and what to expect.
Secure the Evidence
If you are prepared to blow the whistle on your company, you will need to make sure you have sufficient evidence to support your claims. This means keeping records of everything you see or hear that could be considered illegal or unethical. You should keep your evidence in a safe place, such as a private secure cloud account. In addition, you should date and sign your records before storing them. This will help you remember what happened and when during your employment. If you do not feel like you have enough evidence yet, you should continue collecting it for a few more months. The more evidence you have, the better your case will be.
Find a Good Lawyer
If you are considering blowing the whistle on your company, you will need a good lawyer to represent you. This is because the company you are blowing the whistle on will probably retaliate and make accusations against you. You will need a good lawyer by your side. To find a good lawyer, you can ask your friends for referrals or search online for reputable attorneys. Make sure your lawyer has experience in whistleblower cases, especially ones that are related to your industry. Once you have5 found a lawyer, you need to be in constant communication with them about your case. A whistleblower attorney can guide you through the process.
If you want to blow the whistle on your company, you will need to know your rights, secure the evidence, and find a good lawyer to represent you like Nashville Whistleblower attorney Timothy L. Miles. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation and see what a whistleblower lawyer can do for you.
Timothy L. Miles, Esq.
Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recentely selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2022 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2022 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2022 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, and more.
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