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By Louise Herman

As a whistleblower, it’s important that you take the steps necessary to make your case a success. One of the most important aspects of a successful whistleblower case is evidence. For your case to succeed, you must compile relevant evidence. In this article, we discuss four tips for documenting evidence as a whistleblower

What is a Whistleblower? 

A whistleblower is an individual who exposes unethical or illegal practices within an organization by disclosing sensitive or confidential information. Whistleblowers can report this information to their employer, the media, or a government agency. However, whistleblowing can be risky for the party exposing the information. Whistleblowers often face retaliation from their employer or other social consequences. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect whistleblowers from these types of consequences. 

Who Can Be a Whistleblower? 

Anyone who possesses detailed and specific information about government fraud, tax violations, securities law violations, or commodity law violations can be a whistleblower and qualify for protection and possible monetary rewards. Whistleblowers are typically employees of the entity that has violated the law, but they can also be a subcontractor, competitor, industry observer, or anyone else who has knowledge of wrongdoing.

The Role of Whistleblowers and Legality of Gathering Evidence

Whistleblowers typically play a key role in uncovering unethical or illegal behavior in the workplace. They can also provide important evidence in a lawsuit. However, they often find themselves in a tough position when trying to gather evidence. When gathering evidence as a whistleblower, it’s important to be careful not to break the law in the process. This is one of the many reasons it’s imperative to contact an attorney for guidance if you are a whistleblower.

The Importance of Evidence

Evidence in a whistleblower case serves several purposes. For example, it can help you accurately recall details and establish a timeline of events. In addition, it can demonstrate your good faith effort to address the issue before taking legal action. Evidence can also increase your credibility and strengthen your case.

Tips for Documenting Evidence

Evidence is a key aspect of succeeding as a whistleblower. Below are some tips for documenting evidence in a whistleblower case. 

#1: Maintain Detailed and Accurate Records

First, you should record the location, time, and date of each observation or incident. When documenting this information, you should include specific details, including positions, names, and any relevant actions or conversations. 

#2: Preserve Supporting Evidence

Next, you should retain copies of tangible evidence related to the alleged wrongdoing, such as memos, photographs, and emails. These types of materials can serve as critical supporting evidence in your case.

#3: Keep a Log 

You should also maintain a private log outside of work to detail your thoughts and observations regarding the wrongdoing. A log can be a useful way to track patterns, organize your thoughts, and keep a detailed account of events.  

#4: Seek Legal Advice

Finally, the most important tip for documenting evidence in a whistleblower case is to contact an experienced whistleblower protection attorney for legal advice. An attorney can provide you with guidance on how to properly document evidence and move forward with your case.  

Contact Our Experienced Nationwide Whistleblower Protection Attorney

At Herman Law Group, we are committed to providing whistleblowers with the legal support they need. We offer dedicated advocacy, robust protection, and personalized guidance to help you navigate the challenges associated with a whistleblower case. If you are considering whistleblowing, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced whistleblower protection attorney.

Herman Law Group, headquartered in Providence, provides Whistleblower Protection services across the entire United States. Our firm offers specialized legal support nationwide, ensuring that whistleblowers can confidently report wrongdoing anywhere in the country.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.