Protecting Whistleblowers & The Injured

The more common examples of whistleblowing 

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2022 | Whistleblower

You’re a conscientious rail worker and a loyal employee. You go out of your way each day to ensure that you perform your duties to the highest standards. Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same values as you. 

You’ve spotted some activities going on at work that trouble you because you believe they are unlawful and dangerous. What can you do about this and what sort of legal protections do you have? 

Unlawful conduct at work 

As soon as you report unlawful activities at work you become a whistleblower. There are various forms that unlawful conduct might take. For instance, you may be aware of the use of hazardous materials in railway construction that put drivers, employees and passengers at risk. Your employer has cut corners to save money and you know that this is both unlawful and immoral.

This is just one example of potential misconduct at work. There may also be financial elements and other criminal activity that should be reported. 

You’re protected as a whistleblower 

In some instances, the appropriate course of action may be to report the misconduct internally. You should be able to do this safely with no repercussions coming your way. The company you work for then has a duty to take steps to stop the misconduct and ensure the safety of workers and the public. 

In other scenarios, reporting the misconduct internally may not be an option. You might have no choice but to make a report with law enforcement or other state bodies that have authority in the area. 

Whether you are an external or internal whistleblower, your employer cannot retaliate against you for raising legitimate grievances. One way that you can ensure this doesn’t happen is by seeking some legal guidance

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