Constraints on Whistleblowers Hurts Everyone

A jury sided with Patricia Williams, whose suit against Wyndham Vacation Ownership described time-share sales tactics that were particularly harmful to older buyers in this New York Times article: ‘My Soul Feels Taller’: A Whistle-Blower’s $2- Million Vindication. It reminds me of my personal history as a whistleblower, which I discuss in detail in my new book, From Bully to Bull’s-Eye: Move Your Organization Out of the Line of Fire (RCJ Press; January 10, 2017). Whistleblowers are particularly susceptible to harassment and bullying and sadly, laws and corporate structures actually exist to silence them. However, I strongly believe that attention must be paid; as long as the law takes the side of corporate interests over the health and well-being of people, industries will never improve and the very interests businesses are out to protect will suffer.