Whistleblowing

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Over the last forty years this country has seen an increase in corruption and greed both within the corporate world as well as within our own government. Since that time Whistleblowing, or the deliberate non-obligatory act of disclosure, which gets onto public record and is made by a person who has or had privileged access to data or information of an organization, about non-trivial illegality or other wrongdoing whether actual, suspected or anticipated which implicates and is under control of that organization, to an external entity having potential to rectify the wrongdoing.1 Both federal and state statutes and regulations have been created to protect these individuals from various forms of retaliation. Even without a statute,…show more content…
One might follow the traditional route and assume that the laws are just or at least not blatantly unjust. The debate on morality whistleblowing centers on the conflict between the duty of loyalty to the firm or organization in which one works and the liberty to speak out against wrongdoing. This is the moral dilemma of whistleblowing. This dilemma comes about because we tend to believe that employees of an organization that we have both legal and moral obligation to be loyal to our employers while at the same time believe that we should be free to do our part in stopping immoral or dangerous practices. In considering both Rawls and De Georges views, I would tend to side with that of Rawls. According to Sissela Bok the ‘‘would be whistleblower must weigh his responsibility to serve the public interest against the responsibility he owes to his colleagues and the institutions in which he works’’.3 This involves two different types of loyalty. The first being concerns regarding personal relationships and responsibilities towards one’s co-workers. This type of loyalty is the one in which may owe to our friends and family. The next type is our concerns for our responsibilities to the organization where we work. It is this duty of loyalty that creates the moral dilemma of whistleblowing. It is this second type of loyalty that I will be concerned with in this paper. This focus is not meant to imply that other issues of loyalty should not be considered when

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