Few employment law problems are more frightening than facing backlash from an employee whistle-blower. He or she can significantly harm your organization’s reputation even if it turns out the allegations were wrong.
To make matters worse, some whistle-blowing employees think they can’t be disciplined if they report alleged wrongdoing to authorities or upper. That’s not true.
Employers can always discipline employees who break rules or perform poorly. The key is fairness and equal treatment. Don’t discipline a whistle-blower unless you would discipline every employee for the same conduct or poor work. But don’t withhold discipline, either.
Recent case: Debra Johnson worked for Stein Mart as a merchandise planner. Her job was to predict customer preferences based on past sales and then order enough specific merchandise to fit that anticipated need.
Johnson worked with a higher-level executive to set purchase goals a...(register to read more)
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