A famous quote by George Orwell, "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,” portrays the art of whistleblowing quite well. Whistleblowers are workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse in the workplace. They are the life-blood of law enforcement against white-collar crime, and they create a safer and healthier environment for co-workers and members of the community.
The rewards of exposing corporate wrongdoing have increased in the U.S., a country where whistleblowers can actually claim a bounty of up to 30 percent of imposed fines. These days, the only trusted insider is the in-house lawyer, bound by very strict ethics rules, but even this confidentiality is under threat.