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Corporate culture around whistleblowers

Tom Fox | October 3, 2017

The unspoken reality in the corporate world is that many whistleblowers are deemed complainers, too difficult to get along with or (my personal favorite) “not a team player.” These terms taken on additional significance when they are laid against a female whistleblower as they are usually paired with the words ‘too emotional’ or a word which rhymes with “witch.” Yet, Congress, regulators and even the companies that verbally demean whistleblowers recognize that persons who have personal knowledge of wrongdoing are often best placed to report it.

The Man From FCPA thought about all of this when reading recent reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating PepsiCo for allegations the company’s former general counsel, Maura Smith, was terminated “in retaliation for the way she handled an internal probe into potential wrongdoing in Russia.” The internal...

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