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An employee informing the public about the illegal or immoral behaviour that...
- causes unnecessary harm
- violates human rights
- is illegal
- runs counter to the defined purpose of the institution is otherwise immoral.
Justifying Whistle Blowing
When done from an appropriate moral motive.
All internal channels exhausted.
Compelling evidence that wrongful actions have been ordered or have occurred.
After careful analysis of the danger.
When there is some chance of success.
Arguments for Whistle Blowing
If prudential concerns outweigh moral ones, then employees may do what is in their best interest.
If moral reasons override prudential ones, then workers should honour their obligations to others.
Some argue that nothing can outweigh the demands of morality.
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