5 reasons to become a Whistleblower.
To be or not to be a Whistleblower? That is the Question.
What will happen if I tell the truth?
We all have this questions in mind when confronted with wrongdoing. When we are participating in illegal activities or just witnessing it, we all wonder if we should tell someone or if we should act. Most of the time we don’t because we are scared. We wonder what others will say if they find out. Can I lose my job? Is my family or my own security at risk? Would this come back to haunt me? All those questions are legitimate and every whistleblower we ever interacted with was scared to act at first. It is normal to have doubts; we were raised in a society that glorifies the Omertà, the code of silence originating from the Italian Mafia. On television, the “rats” are despised; we reached a point where coming out with proof against criminal conducts is perceived as being worse than the actual crime. Therefore, why would someone swim against the current and come forward with the truth?
1) Because that’s the right thing to do.
Financial crimes take away from all of us. Tax evasion affects our society to its core by reducing the tax base of the country. With fewer taxes, governments have no choice but to either increase the monetary burden on their population or to reduce the services offered. The disarray of schools and many hospitals across North America is a perfect example of the impact fiscal avoidance has on our daily life. Other types of frauds are even worse, crypto-currency scam, pump and dumb, cooking the book, insider trading and many more embezzlement take from individuals and pension funds to profit a few clever thieves. Whatever the angle you look at it, reporting a crime to the authorities is the right thing to do.
2) Because you will be protecting your own reputation.
If you don’t blow the whistle, eventually, someone else will. When this happens, your entire organization’s reputation will be tarnished. Everyone will suspect that you were in the know, or worst you may well be prosecuted. Why take such a risk? If you don’t have the courage to tell, walk away before it is too late.
3) Because in time, you will receive the respect you are due.
The #Metoo movement is showing us the way. You need guts to become a whistleblower. At the beginning, you will deal with guilt. Whether you should have gone with loyalty instead of fairness is a question that will haunt you. You may even feel ashamed of having told on clients or co-workers. However, history shows us that from pariahs of society, whistleblowers rapidly gain star status. Names such as Mark Felt, Frank Serpico, Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Wigand or Chelsea Manning rose from the obscurity to become beacons of light. None of them said it was easy but no one shows any sign of regret. If you do what’s right, history will remember you.
4) Because you are protected
The retaliation risk against a whistleblower from his employer is very real. There are many awful stories of dismissals, relocations, demotions or other unfair treatment of employees who have reported frauds committed by their employers. However, many countries such as the United States or Canada have significantly strengthened their confidentiality and anti-retaliation laws. If you decide to be a whistleblower, the best protection you can get is to hire a law firm to represent you. Specialized firms, such as Whistleblower Informant will know how to protect you and whom to address your claim to, so you receive the best support and compensation possible. The good news is that with most consulting and legal firms, you won’t to have to pay a dime if you don’t collect any rewards.
5)… and because you may earn more money than you ever dreamed of.
There are many motivations to become a whistleblower, a noble sense of justice, vengeance, fear to be labeled as a cheater or greed. Whatever motivates you, know that many programs in the U.S. or in Canada offer an extremely compelling compensation for taking the risk inherent to becoming a whistleblower. The average reward in the U.S. climbed to $1.5 million in the last few years. Many individuals received in excess of $100 million for having the courage to come forward. Can you afford not to do it?
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