Current laws in the United States offer very limited protection for "private" (non-government) workers who choose to "do the right thing" by whistle-blowing against corporate fraud, tax evasion, public safety violations and many other illegal crimes that cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
"Private" workers must be granted the same protection against retaliatory actions, threats of intimidation and persecution, which are currently only guaranteed to those who work in "public" governmental positions.
Whistleblowers are vital in exposing general misconduct such as a violation of any law, rule or regulation, gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, a waste tax dollars, willfully commit tax evasion, fraud or corruption, a substantial and specific danger and/or a direct threat to public health and/or safety, just to name a few.
PriceWaterhouse Coopers interviewed 5400 CEOs, CFOs, and CCOs from nearly every major global corporation. The key finding was that whistleblowers are the most effective source of information in both detecting and rooting out corporate criminal activity. However, whistleblowers experience extreme persecution such as receiving threats against job security and personal safety, isolation in the workplace, setting up the whistleblower for failure, physical and psychological attacks, paralyzing their career, blacklisting and economic damages.
Without new legislation, "private" workers will continue to be terminated for "doing the right thing" and less likely to report violations that endanger the general public.
Help send a very important message to U.S. Government Accountability Office, State Legislators, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the President of the United States and demand immediate legislation to increase worker protection in the "private" sector.