Mitchell Pollack & Associates PLLC
Your Solution Starts With A Phone Call
866-400-7388

5 ways to avoid whistleblower claims

Many laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers. Whistleblowing can benefit society and expose unsafe work environments. On the other hand, employer retaliation could severely damage the employee and the company.

There are steps companies can take to reduce the risk of a lawsuit, such as:

  1. Create an anti-retaliation policy. Having a complaint policy or anti-retaliation policy isn’t mandatory by law, but it’s still a good idea. Train your employees on what type of reporting conduct is encouraged. Equally, educate on prohibited behavior. Clearly display this policy. Also, implement it into the company’s code of conduct. Both the company and the employees should abide by it.
  2. Encourage communication. Internal issues are oftentimes fixable if the company responds correctly. However, problems go unresolved when employees are afraid to communicate. Your employees should feel comfortable about reporting wrongdoing that could harm the company and other employees. If an employee voices a complaint, be sure to treat them equally and fairly.
  3. Dont look the other way. Simply stated, a credible internal complaint deserves a thoughtful investigation. Oftentimes, the issue can reach new levels if a company ignores the valid complaint. In addition, lack of response could look suspicious.
  4. Stay organized. It’s important for companies to stay on top of pressing employee matters. Complaints and reports should be well-documented. Additionally, thoroughly document any investigations, including evidence and actions involved in the process. Documentation and evidence helps explain why you made certain decisions. It’s also beneficial to have in the event of a retaliation claim.
  5. Be aware of disciplining. There’s a chance an employee files a report, and weeks or months later is reprimanded for unrelated misconduct. It’s vital that companies are careful about how they handle misconduct with employees who have a history of filing reports. Collect evidence to support your decision, and effectively communicate these reasons to the employee. Communicate with them exactly why they are being called out.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Ready To Resolve Your Legal Issues

You have a business to run. The team at Mitchell Pollack & Associates is ready to tackle your legal needs so you can focus on your responsibilities. Call 866-400-7388 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Tarrytown Office
150 White Plains Road
Suite 310
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Toll Free: 866-400-7388
Phone: 914-610-3418
Fax: 914-332-9191
Map & Directions

Mahwah Office
220 Franklin Turnpike
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Toll Free: 866-400-7388
Phone: 914-610-3418
Fax: 201-529-4400
Map & Directions