• Workplace Practices: Have No Fear
  • September 8, 2005 | Author: Michael J. Loeb
  • Law Firm: Bingham McCutchen LLP - San Francisco Office
  • Martindale-Hubbell posed the following question to provide a variety of views on this important topic:
    What are the central elements in establishing a workplace where employees know they can report questionable practices without fear of retaliation?

    Two critical elements are: 1) a person who is recognized for keeping confidences to receive the whistleblower calls; and 2) a trustworthy, trained person to conduct the investigation. The reporting chain should not go through the immediate supervisor. The objectivity of the investigator, the promptness of the investigation and keeping the complainant informed of its progress are crucial to avoiding skepticism about the company's good faith in conducting the investigation and the investigation results.