This month Rolling Stone Magazine published a heartbreaking account of Countrywide whistleblower Michael Winston’s journey as a whistleblower. This account highlights the importance for whistleblowers to Know Your Rights before you blow the whistle. The decision – to remain quiet or to speak out – is extraordinarily difficult. Workers who blow the whistle can face retaliation, a hostile work environment, job loss, and worse.
Potential whistleblowers should take steps to educate themselves and should also seek counsel from attorneys who are experienced in this area of law before they blow the whistle. These cases need to be handled with care, as there is so much on the line.