The Unique Role of a Whistleblower
As we have seen so many times in our society, corruption and inappropriate behavior often go unchecked until one brave person steps forward to call attention to criminal activity. After this person—who is often referred to as the whistleblower—disrupts the disjointed status quo, many more will usually come forward to corroborate their account and lend their own voices to a movement. When the dust has settled, the whistleblower may be lauded for their work to put a stop to discriminatory corporate culture or another form of corruption. However, in the midst of a battle that may threaten a company’s very existence, it can be incredibly difficult to speak out against those who are in power. A whistleblower lawyer can help you give voice to your concerns.
Examples of Whistleblowers
If you are a whistleblower, you are in great company. Some whistleblowers have quite literally changed the course of history. W. Mark Felt, more commonly known by the code name “Deep Throat” in the press, was responsible for providing the crucial information needed to connect President Richard Nixon to the Watergate break-in, thus effectively ending Nixon’s presidency. If Felt had not come forward, the White House might have suffered the effects of corruption for much longer.
The eighties film Silkwood cast Meryl Streep in the role of Karen Silkwood, a real woman who brought to light the fact that nuclear plant employees were being exposed to plutonium. Her life and mysterious death in a car crash led to a more enhanced understanding of the means and ways in which whistleblowers can be placed in imminent danger.
Harry M. Markopolos is a former securities executive who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, exposing the great theft Madoff had perpetrated. Erin Brockovich is a whistleblower who discovered that unsafe levels of hexavalent chromium were present in Hinkley, California. Her life story was also made into a movie, this time starring Julia Roberts.