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Beware of Bizarre and Far-Fetched Whistleblower Claims

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 22, 2014

Imagine this: You're a compliance officer who receives a complaint on a whistleblower hotline from an employee alleging that a supervisor is sexually harassing a female co-worker. But along with that allegation, the employee also accuses the supervisor of breaking into his home and moving furniture around, poisoning the food in his refrigerator, and sending helicopters to hover around his house to spy on him.

Sound like the plot of a paranoid fiction novel? Guess again. Real-life employee complaints like these (and yes, this one did happen) underscore just how baseless and bizarre some whistleblower reports can appear on their face. But beware; not taking them seriously or providing the same protections that employers would provide to other whistleblowers can be spell disaster.

“We thought he was a little bit nuts,” Martha Zackin, a partner...

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