Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Are Whistleblowers Bad?

With the legislative correction to the evils of the corporate world barreling down the tracks like a runaway train, one thing that is almost certain to come out of it is more litigation caused by new causes of action for corporate whistle-blowing. While there is some irony (see post supra) in Congress rising to fix ethical issues in companies, it is difficult for the corporate world to seriously contest the need given the recent publicity. And while certainly there is a good case to be made for the dangers of creating new causes of action that will undoubtedly be misused and shortly even abused by some, we should not lose sight of the value that the value that those pointing out wrongdoing can provide. For a good look at the 'other side' of whistle-blowing' see a recent Workforce article.

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