Whistle blowing - does it ever work?

F5 Networks zapzap.
Apr 16 20 Comments

I was working for a South African boss in one of my previous companies and the guy was harassing a women and used to make comments to folks based on their national origin and race.

I reported it to his boss - was my previous boss too. After a month, I was laid off for reporting this abuse even though I was rated highest in my previous appraisals.

Who else feels that whistle blowing comes at great personal risk?

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TOP 20 Comments
  • Amazon ps.ily
    Absolutely never whistleblow your direct manager unless you’re guaranteed anonymity or they’re breaking the law
    Apr 16 3
    • AIG Raging
      Whistleblowers are protected. Not sure what you are talking about.
      Apr 16
    • Square git_pull
      Just look at Julian Assange #protection 🤙
      Apr 16
    • Intel Who.Dis
      Whistleblowers get assassinated - physically, politically, professionally, emotionally
      Apr 16
  • Amazon ``
    aka, retaliation is a more general term.
    Apr 16 0
  • Capital One EXwk33
    You should talk to HR not the persons boss. Also helpful to have it documented
    Apr 16 1
    • New slang
      HR isn't your friend either. HR is there to protect the company and if they see you as a greater threat than the guy who's misbehaving then you're going to be the one to go.
      Jun 3
  • F5 Networks RRA
    Got any whistles to blow on F5?
    Apr 16 3
    • F5 Networks zapzap.
      OP
      Do you?
      Apr 16
    • F5 Networks RRA
      I don't think so--not illegal happenings. Just gossip. DM me if you want to trade stories.
      Apr 16
    • F5 Networks zapzap.
      OP
      F5 under Francois is an amazing company. I don’t think you will find such things over here.
      Apr 16
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    It only fails at shitty companies. If the company has a stated policy of non-retaliation (it is unlawful in most places), then the retaliation litigation settlement can make up for the mistreatment.
    Apr 16 2
    • F5 Networks zapzap.
      OP
      Only problem is how to prove all this.
      Apr 16
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      Pattern and practice, like anything else in employment law.
      Apr 16
  • Microsoft zx48
    Did it happen in the US?
    Write somewhere in big letters: "HR IS NOT YOUR FRIEND". They exist to protect the company. If it starts concerning you, contact lawyer outside the company, quietly collect the evidence and file discrimination lawsuit.
    Apr 16 1
    • F5 Networks zapzap.
      OP
      Yes, in US.
      Apr 16
  • If you were laid off for reporting harassment, that is improper termination and you can sue the company. Why did the company say they laid you off?
    May 6 0
  • Hubspot MrMagneto
    If they have a hotline, that is a true whistle blower hotline, it’s anonymous 100%. That’s how they are set up. But the key would be to provide enough details that helps them solve and investigate without leading them to you. If it’s a public company, they have to provide a resolution report and proof of investigation to BOD as well. But, if you go to HR, they know it’s you. Retaliation is something you can tell them you are concerned about before you disclose anything and you can tell them you want that documented. Either way, you can cover yourself.
    Apr 25 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Asking strangers on Blind won’t help
    Apr 16 0
  • New wkn5x8w
    Yes
    Apr 16 0