For over 20 years, whistleblowers have been instrumental in all manner of regulatory enforcement actions such as securities (SEC, FINRA), labor (OSHA), tax (IRS), and more. Spurred on by increased protections and award programs codified in federal law in statutes like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act, whistleblowers are encouraged to reveal illegal conduct to regulators such as accounting discrepancies, embezzlement, and fraud. Despite these protections, whistleblowers make these disclosures at great personal risk.
Being a whistleblower isn’t as simple as making a phone call: there is a complex process to follow and one wrong move can expose the whistleblower to potential harm while, at the same time, disqualifying them from some of the protections and rewards afforded by statute. Having a highly knowledgeable attorney by your side is crucial for a whistleblower to avoid painful pitfalls and be rewarded for making a difference.
Whistleblower reports are anonymous, and regulators do not share the source of their information to the subjects of their investigation. Sometimes, however, company management can “connect the dots,” discover a whistleblower’s identity, and punish them for bringing their conduct to the attention of regulatory enforcers. This retaliation can come in many forms; from demotion and slashing wages to being passed over for advancement and, in the most extreme cases, termination of employment.
WLG approaches our business clients as the entrepreneurs they are. We understand that it is not the attorney’s place to dictate whether to take business risks, but to give legal advice and the best information we have, so our clients can make informed decisions. Call the Warren Law Group for a complimentary initial consultation with one of our corporate attorneys at (866) 954-7687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can trust WLG’s experienced legal team to handle your matter with professionalism and the personalized attention that you deserve.
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