When employees encounter unethical or illegal activities at work, they face the biggest challenge of their career. The decision – to remain quiet or to speak out – is extraordinarily difficult. Workers that blow the whistle can face retaliation, a hostile work environment, job loss, and worse.
Everyone has a right to speak out against these abuses without fear of punishment, and those that assert that right are often justly rewarded, but they also assume great risk. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has created resources to help you learn your rights and to protect yourself.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
The Whistleblower’s Handbook:
The decision to blow the whistle, or not, is always complex. It must be made with as much information as possible. The New Whistleblower Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2017) is the essential reference guide for whistleblowers. If you are considering blowing the whistle, this is the most comprehensive guide available.
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto also sponsors or supports a number of free pro bono programs designed to help all whistleblowers know their rights and to keep informed as to key developments in the law. These programs are:
Whistleblower Law Resources:
This special pro bono resource contains the key statutes and judicial decisions cited in The New Whistleblower's Handbook was created by Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, LLP to help all whistleblowers know their rights and to keep informed This free on-line resource includes copies of important whistleblower laws and their legislative history, copies of government rules and regulations governing the procedures to lawfully and effectively blow the whistle and other useful legal resources. Readers will find information on The False Claims Act, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, The Dodd Frank Act – Securities Fraud, The Dodd Frank Act – Commodities Fraud, Dodd Frank Act Anti-Retaliation Provisions, IRS Whistleblower Resources, Sarbanes Oxley Act, Whistleblower Protections for Federal Employees, Corporate Whistleblower Laws (Department of Labor (DOL) Administered), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Act Whistleblower Protections, Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), Lacey Act, Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, and State Whistleblower Protections.
The Whistleblowers Blog:
An important source of news and updates on whistleblower issues.
National Whistleblower Center and National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund:
These are two important non-profit organizations that have posted on-line reliable resources for understanding your rights in whistleblower cases.
TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWERS
Action Alert Network:
Through the National Whistleblower Center’s Action Alert Network, you can help improve whistleblower protections and stand up for the brave individuals who report waste, fraud, and abuse.
Support the National Whistleblower Center:
The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting employees’ lawful disclosure of waste, fraud, and abuse.
QUALIFY FOR A WHISTLEBLOWER REWARD
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto is in the forefront of fighting to ensure the whistleblower reward laws are effective.
There are powerful whistleblower reward statutes covering fraud in government contracting, tax fraud/underpayments, foreign bribery, securities violations and commodities fraud. These laws recognize the importance of encouraging employees who risk their careers by making them eligible for potential large and, at times, multi-million dollar rewards. Both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals may qualify for awards.
But the laws are complex and it is essential to ensure that you use these laws properly so that you can qualify for a legally enforceable reward.
INTERNATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWERS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
CONSULT A SKILLED ATTORNEY
Over the past twenty-eight years, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has earned its reputation as the premier advocates for whistleblowers. The laws at play are complex, but the reason for Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto’s success is not. In case after case, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has provided its clients with the legal expertise and grit to beat even the toughest foes in court. At Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, we realize that standing up for the public interest often demands personal courage. We also know that whatever your job, you don’t leave behind your rights and duties as a citizen when you step in the workplace door.
If you would like to know how Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto can help you with your case, please contact us or complete our Consultation Request Form.