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Whistle Blowing One major difficulty surrounding the issue of whistle blowing is the definition of it Many attempts have been made and several differ slightly A good working definition is that whistle blowing occurs when a current or former employee discloses illegal immoral or illegitimate practices under the control of the employer to persons or organizations that may be able to take corrective action Gomez-Mejia 11 There are several elements to this definition that must be explored Firstly the whistleblower must be or have been in the past engaged in an employment relationship with the company in question This means that whistle blowing does not apply to clients concerned citizens or anyone else that chooses to go public with information they may have become privy to that may be grounds for corrective action Secondly the ill practice or omission being reported must be under the employers control rendering the employer accountable Hypothetically speaking if a stockbroker were to report that co-workers were practicing insider trading it would not be whistle blowing unless the brokerage firm condones the practice andor failed to take the precautions necessary to deter insider trading Thirdly the allegation must be made to persons or organizations that may be able to take corrective action Ibid If the informant reports the misconduct to an entity that is in no position to reprimand the employer then whistle blowing has not occurred For instance if an employee were to report their employers violations of the Competition Act to Industry Canada he or she would have blown the whistle but to report these allegations to a competing company only would be a loyalty matter not a question of whistle blowing Fourthly the practice or oversight being reported must be illegal immoral or illegitimate Whistle blowing does not necessarily have to involve the law to occur The existing legislation in many jurisdictions set out to protect whistleblowers often differ in which topics it covers For example in
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