The act of revealing fraud or malfeasance within a company has always been accompanied by huge risks. Whistleblowers have been subjected to burdensome legal fees, employment termination, the inability to find another job, and endless harassment from the company in question. Often they become the target of retaliatory lawsuits. But whistleblowers needn't fear punishment for their good deeds. That's according to attorney Stephen Kohn, partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. He is a specialist in whistleblower law, co-founder of the National Whistleblower Center, and author of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself. On this episode, Kohn discusses the evolution of applicable laws, which now allow for anonymity on the part of the whistleblower, thereby avoiding the negative consequences that would otherwise ensue. Kohn also talks about a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to strip whistleblowers of protection. It threatens to undermine the number-one source of all fraud detection, he says. Hosted by Bob Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain.
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Show notes: Kohn’s The New Whistleblower’s Handbook
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