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NCJ Number: 126258 Find in a Library
Title: Victimization of Whistle-Blowers in the Public and Private Sectors (From Perspectives on Deviance: Dominance, Degradation and Denigration, P 121-134, 1991, Robert J Kelly and Donal E J MacNamara, eds. - See NCJ-126249)
Author(s): D E J MacNamara
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
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2035 Reading Road
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United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Whistle-blowers are seldom rewarded, but are all too frequently discharged; demoted; reassigned to less desirable, less lucrative and less responsible positions; harassed; and black-listed for further employment in their profession or occupation. This essay studies the motivations of whistle-blowers, who know what their fate could be yet still "blow the whistle" and reviews what happened to the whistle-blowers in several real cases.
Abstract: The study highlights four categories of real whistle-blower cases: Federal agency cases, State and local government cases, private corporation cases, and academic cases. The question is then asked as to what can be done to encourage and protect the whistle-blower from retaliation because, in all cases studied, the whistle-blower suffered some form and level of retaliation. A number of agencies are specifically charged with receiving, investigating, and responding to exposures of misdeeds and protecting the whistle-blower from retaliation. Several cited incidents show that these agencies have been uniformly inactive and ineffective. The Whistle-Blower Protection Act was signed into law in 1989; but the effectiveness of legislation depends on energetic and enthusiastic implementation, which has not been demonstrated by the overall record to date. 21 references and 1 table.
Main Term(s): Citizen crime reporting
Index Term(s): Innocent victims; Victim-witness intimidation; Witness protection
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