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1 Whistleblowing Disclosure : information intentionally conveyed outside channels Topic : concerns a significant moral problem Agent : employee or former employee Recipient : in position to take action Types of Whistleblowing • Internal • External •O p e n • Anonymous • Partly Open Costs of Whistleblowing • Can affect career, family, future earnings • You can only whistleblow once in your career Contractual Obligation of Loyalty • Whistleblowing violates loyalty
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2 When to whistleblow? • Actual or potential harm is serious • Harm is documented • Has been reported to immediate supervisors • If no response, have pursued regular channels within organization • Reasonable hope that whistleblowing will remedy or prevent harm Supererogatory Obligations • If personal cost to you is so great, do not have to whistleblow • But doesn’t this undermine whole idea
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Unformatted text preview: of whistleblowing? Whistleblowing Cases Jeffrey Wigand & Big Tobacco (the Insider) Big settlement with tobacco companies DC-10 & Dan Applegate 1974 Paris crash Citicorp Building Fixed building, enhanced engineers reputation Laws to Protect Whistleblowers 1989 Federal Whistle Blower Act Makes punitive actions illegal False Claims Law (amended in 1986) Whistleblowers can share in recovered costs 3 Commonsense Guide to Whistleblowing Work through normal channels first Express concerns promptly Be tactful and low-key Keep supervisors informed Be accurate in observations; keep formal records Commonsense Guide to Whistleblowing (2) Consult with trusted colleagues Consult with ethics committee of professional organization before going outside Consult lawyer about legal liabilities...
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This note was uploaded on 12/18/2009 for the course CS 101 taught by Professor Swiontek during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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