To blow the whistle or not!

people matters | October 07, 2016

Author - Nishant Variar
Source - www.peoplematters.in


Pooja, armed with her newly achieved MBA degree, secured a job in an up & coming new-age fintech Company and began her endeavor to stand out of the clutter and make a difference to her organization. All seemed great at the beginning, apart from the usual boss troubles and work-life (im)balance issues. A few months into her career, she was in for a rude shock. She, through some legal sneaking around found out how Vikas, a senior colleague and a posterchild of the organization, was receiving illegal kickbacks from some of the clients and vendors. Pooja now has to face the dilemma, whether to blow the whistle on this and risk her career in the organization or to carry on with business as usual.


What may seem farfetched as a scenario, is the reality in many workplaces of today. While such practices are on the wrong side of the spectrum of ethicality and morality, how such a scenario is tackled in real life needs to be examined closely. What options does Pooja have to deal with such a situation? What rights does she have?

It is important to go back to the legal frameworks to examine the situation. India has a Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011, but surprisingly, it covers the central public sector enterprises only and not even state governments. The whistle blowers in the private sector have no legal cover and the way they are dealt with is entirely up to the organization’s governance policies.

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