Not everyone knows what goes on behind closed doors at various businesses. Of course, many Texas businesses maintain private and privileged information that’s not public information. Businesses must also adhere to the law, and some companies don’t do this. However, a whistleblower could pull away the curtain on illegal activities.
Businesses break the law
Executives, employees, and others involved with a business could violate the law. Illegal activities could cause tremendous harm, but no one outside the enterprise may know what’s occurring. For example, investors may direct money to a firm that is not investing the funds as promised. The investors might lose all their savings with no way to recover the money. A whistleblower may reveal the illegal activity, which, in turn, could stop it.
Financial fraud is not the only type of wrongdoing that a whistleblower might bring to light. Violations of environmental, health and safety, and other statutes may end up revealed after a whistleblower comes forward.
Whistleblowers might take significant risks when doing what they do. Retaliation may happen, even though this could be illegal as well.
Taking steps to reveal illegality
Many things could motivate a whistleblower, including a desire to do what is right. Some may worry about getting blamed for wrongdoing or connected with any illegality. The person may decide to tell the authorities and might require help to take the steps.
Worries about retaliation may lead some to “blow the whistle” through an attorney. An attorney may work someone through the process while providing legal advice and counsel. An attorney might assist with compiling the evidence necessary for a credible report.
An attorney may also help with recovering rewards owed to those making successful whistleblower claims. The rewards might be substantial, depending on the case.