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Debra Filbey

MT302 Organizational Behavior

Unit Three: Case Incident 2

Whistle Blowers: Saints or Sinners

June 1, 2010

1. Do you believe that whistle-blowing is good for organizations and its members, or is it, as David Stetler believes, often a means to extort financial gains from companies?

      Whistle blowing has been encouraged in businesses since 1863 when Abraham Lincoln established the False Claims Act.   This was established to make sure that companies and individuals were not defrauding the government during the Civil War.   When the original Whistleblower Protection Act, passed in 1989 and amended in 1994, federal employees are protected from workplace retaliation when disclosing waste and fraud. The purpose of the Act and subsequent amendments was to strengthen the protections available to federal employees.   The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 brought protection to other sectors of businesses and its employees for wanting to make sure that companies were in business ethically and legally.

      In the case study, Whistle-Blowers: Saints or Sinners Mr. David Stetler believes that the Acts are in place to aid the employee and not help the company.   I believe that organizations regardless of the business sector and the employees that are employed deserve to have a workforce that is working within ethical and legal means.   Providing the employees an anonymous avenue to bring the actions without having retaliation is good for the company as well as the workforce.

2. How might self-fulfilling prophecy affect a whistle-blower’s search for incriminating evidence against a company?

      Interpretation of a situation by an individual may be considered as unethical or of some kind of wrong doing when in fact it may be something that the company may have more going on and the individual was not in the need to know part of the situation.   Perception can be based on if the person believes that the company is working in an unethical manner....

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