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The Whistleblower Retaliation Epidemic

Joe Mont | September 18, 2012

Whistleblowers have more reasons than ever to drop a dime on shady practices in the workplace, but those who do need to worry more about the threat of retaliation.

According to a recent study by the Ethics Resource Center, retaliation rates against whistleblowers are reaching epidemic proportions. A full 15 percent of whistleblowers say they were passed over for raises and promotions, relocated, reassigned, or demoted because they called out wrongdoing in the organization. And even more alarming, nearly a third of those who reported retaliation say the retribution included physical attacks.

“We normally think of retaliation in terms of the social aspects—people don't talk to you in the cafeteria, you are left out of work teams, or passed over for a promotion,” ERC President Patricia Harned says. “The physical aspect of it is worrisome.”

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