Senator Yyden to Support and Protect Whistleblowers

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Whistleblowers are becoming far more common with men and women coming forward on a regular basis to report financial fraud and other irregularities that have created a serious cause for concern.

Becoming a Whistleblower is Never an Easy Path to Take

The decision to become a whistleblower is never an easy one. For those people still employed by the company that they wish to report on, they are likely be shunned by other employees and upper management, see their career path curtailed, and quite possibly lose their job.

Unjustified Reasons Commonly Used to Fire Whistleblower Employees

Commonly in such cases, job termination can be cited as being “for personal issues”, “poor job performance” or even “sexual harassment” with the employer reaching for straws to find any excuse to fire the employee.

In many cases, a company will set about ensuring that the person can never work in the same industry again, may harass them where they live, and take other acts of retribution for an unspecified period of time.

National Whistleblower Center First of Its Kind

The National Whistleblower Center is a place that provides information and support for whistleblowers who wish to report illegal activities. The importance of legislation covering whistleblowing is demonstrated by the first law created by the Founding Fathers on July 30th, 1778 known as the Whistleblower Protection Law.

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Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus a Good Next Step

The Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus is a recent step for members of the Senate to meet to discuss ways to ensure whistleblowers are protected from outside threats, intimidation, and other actions intended to shock them into silence rather than reveal what they know.

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

An event was held on July 30th at the National Whistleblower Center which was attended by one congresswoman and seven senators who banded together in a unique celebration of whistleblowers nationwide.

Senator Wyden Gave Assurances

Senator Wyden is part of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus which has only recently been formed to protect the progress made towards a more open governmental and regulatory structure that ensures both men and women can come forward safely.

Wyden said in a speech which was well received that the Caucus “truly appreciated whistleblowers” and felt that people stepping forward ensured a better country for all. The purpose of the Whistleblower Caucus, Wyden said, was to provide assurances to the public that they could speak up when they wish to report something as improper and when doing so, the government would be supportive.

Non-Binding Resolution Passed

A non-binding resolution was passed by the Senate for the third year in a row to mark July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

More Needs To Be Done To Maintain Momentum

Congress should pass new legislation to ensure the head of each federal agency participate in National Whistleblower Appreciation Day to make clear from the top down that whistleblowers are necessary and appreciated. They should also go on record to cite how whistleblowers have helped to improve American democracy and improve their own federal agencies by removing abuse, enforcing laws, and dealing effectively with fraud and wasteful spending.