NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY
July 30 commemorates the day our Founding Fathers recognized the need to protect the courageous whistleblowers, those who take notice and step forward to report corruption when they see it. National Whistleblower Day reminds us to honor and support the people who speak up when they witness fraud, abuse or waste.
A whistleblower is any individual who reports violations, exploitation, misrepresentations or other suspicious activity within an organization either public or private. The history of whistleblowers is long and often trying. While legislation now protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers, they carry a heavy burden often followed by legal battles. Whether they work in the private sector, local or federal government, when a whistleblower reports a suspected activity, their motivation is to protect 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 honoring ten sailors and marines who spoke out against their commander’s abuses of his office. In doing so, the Founding Fathers declared that 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 is an American’s duty to report corruption when they suspect it. The United States Senate first recognized National Whistleblower Day in 2013.
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