Should Whistleblowers Be Protected

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Should Whistleblowers Be Protected? * Introduction
The corruption rate in a community that does not support or protect reporting illegal activities is significantly high. Employees who work in public or private organizations are the first to identify wrongdoings in a workplace since they have up-to-date information. Whistleblowing can be an essential tool to identify and report these actions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. However, by revealing wrongdoings, whistleblowers often take high personal risks. Lacking strong legal protection might increase the change of facing dismissal, harassment and other forms of retaliation (“Whistleblower protection”, 2012).
Whistleblower protection is vital to motivate
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* The False Claims Act
During the civil war, the False Claims Act (FCA) was passed to prevent the fraud committed by companies that were selling supplies to the Union Army. The Act contained qui tam provisions which authorized citizens to speak out against those deceiving companies. The public awareness of the FCA has been growing since the passage of the 1986 amendments. The number of whistleblowers cases that were filed has grown significantly to more than 6,000 cases in 2014 (Kusserow, 2014).
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reported in 2013 that it has secured about $3.8 billion from civil cases that involve fraud against the government. More than 70 percent of the recoveries, which translated to $2.9 billion, were from lawsuits filed under the qui tam provision of the law. This significant amount of recovery was the second largest annual recovery and fourth year in a row which the DOJ has recuperated. Through this process, over $17 billion has been recovered since January 2009. This number is nearly half of the total amount of money that was recovered since the Act was amended in 1986. Whistleblowers or the qui tam provisions which permit individuals to blow the whistle was the main cause of the spectacular amount of recovery (Kusserow, 2014).
When the government succeed in winning the case, the whistleblower receives up to 30 percent of the