LEG500030VA016-11 (Law, Ethics & Corporate Governance
Professor Timothy Griffin
Jan Jones July 19, 2015
Describe the key characteristics of a whistleblower, and briefly summarize one (1) researched instance of whistleblowing in one (1) publicly traded company within the last 12 months. Include the details of the issue that the whistleblower reported and the effect of the whistleblower’s actions on both the whistleblower himself and the company.
A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, dishonest, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. The information of alleged …show more content…
Decide whether or not the whistleblower was justified in reporting the company’s actions. Provide a rationale for your response.
With L 3 Communications Holdings, the problems were related to a Defense Department contract running from December 2010 to January 2015. L-3 said the employees involved had overstated sales and inappropriately deferred cost overruns in their internal reporting on the contract. The deal involved maintenance and logistics for a fleet of 190 Army transport aircraft for the Army Materiel Command. This was very critical knowledge for everyone to know. This information could have caused problems for the Army as well as the company and the whistleblower was correct in telling. And the company did the right thing to fire the people involved.
In any case whistleblowing is justified. Any publically traded company or any government that represents the people or a group of people is responsible for doing the correct thing and doing it honestly. Publically traded companies make their money from the people who support their product. And because of this they have the obligation and responsibility to produce and manufacture products that don’t harm the