Avoiding retaliation for reported workplace misconduct is essential for companies and enforcement officials. Companies are accountable not just for their bad acts, but also for the cover up, including how they respond to allegations. A new survey of conduct in the US workplace by the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI) has some bad news. Employees say that retaliation against whistleblowers is on the rise, doubling in the past four years. These disturbing results should motivate companies to (1) encourage candid internal discussions of what exactly constitutes retaliation (and what does not); (2) train managers to handle retaliation concerns and to avoid unintended acts of retaliation; and (3) ensure anti-retaliation programs are supported by a strong ethical culture.
The ECI Survey
Since 2000, ECI, a leading ethics and research organization for compliance professionals, has surveyed workplace conduct from the employees’ perspective. Their 2017 survey of more than 5,000 employees across the US has good and bad news. Continue reading