If you suspect that your employer or another organization is committing fraud, financial mismanagement, unethical practices, or other illegal activities, you have a right to report that illegal activity as a whistleblower. This four step guide to whistleblowing will explain the exact steps you need to take to successfully report a whistleblowing case.
Hire a good lawyer, fast. The first thing you will want to do is hire an experienced whistleblower attorney as soon as you detect the organization’s illegal activities. While you may be tempted to report the illegal activity internally, many organizations will do anything they can to mask internal misconduct and will defend the company at your expense. Even though whistleblower retaliation is prohibited under federal OSHA laws and the California False Claims Act, it is not unheard of for employers to fire or mistreat their employees who have been discovered to be whistleblowers.
An experienced attorney, on the other hand, can give you advice as to exactly what you should be doing to gather evidence and build a strong case, without risking your job security. While a lawyer will be your best support in filing a whistleblower case, it is still your job to collect all the necessary evidence. A whistleblower case is not based on hunches alone but on hard, solid evidence.