Whistleblowers Essay

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Whistleblowers, as described in “Law and Ethics in the Business Environment”, are individuals who report illegal or unethical activity, usually executed by their employer. Most whistleblowers, who are at-will employees, are victims of retaliation by their employers, up to and including termination. These at-will employees are protected under numerous laws established by federal and state governments, which apply to both private and public employees. At-will employees are protected, in most states, by the common law approach that employees are not to be removed from a company unless he or she violates the employer’s handbook or policy statement. Tort law also protects at-will employees ...view middle of the document...

Hall blew the whistle on the company when they threatened to punish Mr. Hall for reporting a safety issue after an inspection performed on an airplane on July 2, 2014. During this inspection, Mr. Hall learned of two cracks in the airplane’s fuselage and reported them, resulting in removal of the airplane to be serviced. Mr. Hall was subsequently sent a letter from Southwest Airlines stating that he was working outside his assigned duty and any additional violations would result in disciplinary actions. After backlash from Southwest Airlines, Mr. Hall organized a compliant in accordance with federal laws which protect whistleblowers of aviation safety. Judge Scott Morris ruled against Southwest Airlines request to throw out the compliant. Judge Morris confirmed that Mr. Hall was indeed performing duties which was in compliance with the maintenance procedure. Judge Morris furthermore stated that the same “abnormalities” were discovered by other mechanics. Not only did Southwest agree to pay Mr. Hall $35,000, they also guaranteed to not punish Mr. Hall or any other employee of Southwest Airline involved in the case.
I believe Mr. Hall was justified in reporting the backlash he received by Southwest Airlines after his...

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