If you are one of those people who is planning on reporting their employer to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), there are a few things you should know before you do. After all, while you definitely want to make sure your employer gets what is coming to them, you do not want to end up in any legal trouble yourself. http://www.secwhistlebloweradvocate.com/program/program-overview
Hiring an SEC whistleblower attorney — Before you have even completely decided to file a report, you should first have hired the services of an attorney that works on SEC whistleblower cases.
This attorney will be experienced in how the systems works, what legal parameters you need to follow when you file your report and, of course, how to protect you so that your rights are not violated.
Being anonymous — Many people who contemplate filing an SEC whistleblower violation do not know that it is possible to remain anonymous throughout the whole procedure. You do have to have the representation of an SEC whistleblower lawyer, however, which is just another important reason to get one.
Should you decide to stay anonymous, you will still be eligible for the monetary awards often given to SEC whistleblowers. The only difference being that your attorney will be the one with the public face.
Your protection if you decide to become a whistleblower — By law, you are now fully protected if you decide to become a whistleblower and file a violations report against your employer with the SEC.
The lawyer you hire will know the ins and outs of this law, and will be able to advise you on what you can and cannot do in order to stay safely within it.
Should you not hire a lawyer, however, while your protection is legally safeguarded to some extent, it would still be conceivably possible for you to do something that could jeopardize that. This is why hiring an attorney really should be the initial thing you do before you take any further steps.
Anonymity when hiring a lawyer — Be aware that it is also possible to safeguard your anonymity when first speaking to a lawyer. The top lawyers will meet with you for a free private consultation before you hire any of them, and speak to you without you having to give your real name.
As you will not even be required to disclose the name of the company you work for either, it honestly could not be a safer system to get be involved in, especially if you hire one of the lawyers you meet.