Leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn has published his latest book on whistleblowing. Rules for Whistleblowers: A Handbook for Doing What’s Right (Lyons Press, 2023) provides an overview of U.S. whistleblower laws and provides advice to would-be-whistleblowers on how to best go about making a disclosure of misconduct.
“It is absolutely imperative for whistleblowers to know their rights,” says Kohn. “This can be the difference between being fired and blacklisted or qualifying for a multi-million-dollar award. Whistleblowers put everything at risk, and need to know how to protect themselves.”
Rules for Whistleblower is Kohn’s ninth book and is a major update and expansion of his last work, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook. Kohn, a founding partner of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto and Chairman of the Board of the National Whistleblower Center, has represented whistleblowers for nearly 40 years and has played a pivotal role in drafting and enacting many major U.S. whistleblower laws.
In a review of Rules for Whistleblowers, Publishers Weekly called the work “an essential resource for potential whistleblowers, packed with practical advice.” It further states that Rules for Whistleblowers “lays out in clear and inviting language what potential whistleblowers need to know and consider before exposing fraud, tax evasion, safety violations, and other illegalities—even wildlife trafficking—in the workplace.”
The new book features a foreword from Sherron Watkins, Enron whistleblower and 2002 TIME Person of the Year.
“Stephen Kohn has been a committed champion and defender of whistleblowers for over four decades,” says Watkins. “He sees each whistleblower in all their humanity, their courage, their integrity, their fears, their grief, loss and betrayal; and he fights for them to regain some semblance of their former life. His new book, Rules for Whistleblowers, is a fantastic resource for whistleblowers and those who wish to support whistleblowers.”
The Whistleblower Law Library, a free online companion to the book, is already available on the Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto’s site.
All proceeds from sales to the book are being donated to the National Whistleblower Center.