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The Corporate Whistelblower's Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth (BK Currents)by Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani.
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Book News Annotation:
Designed for corporate employees considering exposing corrupt or illegal practices within their workplaces, this comprehensive guide provides practical advice about the legal, ethical and political ramifications of corporate whistleblowing. The material covers the motivations for whistleblowing, methods for collecting information and safeguarding sources, who to expose information to, how to get help and what to expect from employers, co-workers, regulators and the public. Additional portions of the work deal with the political landscape of corporate reform since the Sabanes-Oxley act and include recommendations for political and corporate leaders for reforming the whistleblowing process and adapting company policies to accept whistleblowing as a tool for improving accountability and governance within organizations. The final chapter of the book provides a step-by-step whistleblowing toolkit for employees. Devine is the legal director of the Government Accountability Project, a whilstleblower's protection organization and Maassarani is a professor of law at George Washington University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From Erin Brockovich to Enron, whistleblowers who “challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust” have proven to be an unfortunate necessity in modern business culture. Their efforts to report crimes, fraud, and dangers to public health and safety have saved millions of lives and billions of dollars of shareholder value – and had we heeded the warnings of whistleblowers, perhaps disasters such as the Bernie Madoff scandal and the Lehman Brothers meltdown could have been averted.
Recent federal legislation in finance and health reform have cemented legal protections and mechanisms for whistleblowing. This book provides a thorough guide and history to the whistleblower's legal rights. The ultimate survival guide, it provides advice on getting help and finding allies, warns that retaliation is often the reward for "committing the truth" and shows how to weather the storm. With extensive legal texts, sample letters, resources, and information on upcoming whistleblower reforms, this is the ultimate source on the subject.
About the Author
Tom Devine is legal director of the Government Accountability Project, where he has worked to assist thousands of whistleblowers to come forward. He has been involved in the all of the campaigns to pass or defend major whistleblower laws over the last two decades. He is a frequent expert commentator on television and radio talk shows. Devine is the recipient of the “Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award” and the “Defender of the Constitution Award” bestowed by the Fund for Constitutional Government.
Tarek Maassarani is a practicing attorney and a former litigator with the Government Accountability Project. He is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching in the areas of nonviolent communication and human rights.
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Founded in 1977, its mission is to promote corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empowering citizen activists. www.whistleblower.org
Dr. Jeffrey Wigand is a tobacco industry whistleblower who achieved national recognition in 1995 when he was the highest ranking former executive to address public health and smoking issues. He now works to combat teen tobacco use through his nonprofit organization, Smoke-Free Kids.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Whistleblowing in Corporate America
Chapter One: Deciding to Blow the Whistle
Chapter Two: The Red Flags
Chapter Three: What to Know Before You Blow
Chapter Four: Where to Go When You Want to Blow
Chapter Five: Getting Help in Blowing the Whistle
Chapter Six: Whistleblowing and the Law
Chapter Seven: Corporate Whistleblower Reform
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