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Reinforcing the protection of whistleblowers

Events over the last few years have led to more regulations that guard against discrimination, corruption, and securities fraud within companies in various industries. However, according to professors Leora Eisenstadt, Jeffrey Boles and their co-author Jennifer Pacella at Indiana University, this expansion of private regulations has surpassed what is required by federal law. As a result, whistleblowers who report conduct prohibited by company policy—but not by law—may be left legally unprotected if and when they face retaliation for their efforts.

Additional Notes: The authors won the Virginia Maurer Ethics Award for the best ethics paper at the Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) conference.