NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY
National Whistleblowers Day on July 30th commemorates the day our Founding Fathers recognized the need to protect those who step forward to report corruption when they see it. The day reminds us to honor and support the people who speak up when they witness fraud, abuse, or waste.
A whistleblower is an individual who reports violations, exploitation, misrepresentations, or other suspicious activity. The activity may be within an organization, either public or private. Notably, the history of whistleblowers is long and often trying. While legislation now protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, they carry a heavy burden. Usually, once they’ve filed a report, legal battles follow.
Potentially, anyone working in the private sector, local or federal government could become a whistleblower. If they see suspicious activity causing fraud, abuse, or waste, their motivation to report protects consumers, taxpayers, and the general public.
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National Whistleblower Day commemorates July 30th, 1778, the day the Continental Congress passed a historic and unanimous resolution. The resolution honored ten sailors and marines who spoke out against their commander’s abuses of his office. In doing so, the Founding Fathers declared it was the duty of all Americans, “to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors.” In modern terms, it’s an American necessity to report corruption when they suspect it. The United States Senate first recognized National Whistleblower Day in 2013.
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