By all indications, the topic of whistleblowing has received growing attention in contemporary U.S. society. Across a variety of work settings, many employees observe misconduct at work and must face the difficult choice of either reporting it or remaining silent. Their act of whistleblowing is often associated with retaliation from both co-workers and management. Both federal and state laws have been enacted in the past two decades to provide some legal protection for whistleblowers in government, business, and industry.
Although whistleblowing has received wide attention in the mass media and public policy, little systematic research has been conducted on the extent of observing and reporting organizational misconduct, the social profile of whistleblowers, and the consequences of whistleblowing for the individual whistleblower, the work organization in which it occurs, and the wider society. The purpose of this book is to utilize the collection and analysis of various types of data to explore these fundamental questions about whistleblowing and summarize what we know about the experiences of whistleblowers. For employees contemplating the exposure of fraud, waste, or abuses in their workplace, this book provides a detailed summary of the current legal pro-