One of the most difficult situations an employee can face is that of finding out that an employer in Washington, D.C., is engaging in illegal or unethical conduct. While it may be tempting to immediately blow the whistle, there are several factors that must be verified first.
According to Whistleblower.gov, the number of cases filed each year has increased steadily since 2005. While the initial number settled was 1,902, 2015 saw 3,337 cases receive a determination. While the number of cases is increasing, the vast majority of these complaints are not being won. Of the 3,337 determinations in 2015, 1,665 were dismissed and 723 were withdrawn. Only 485 were settled and another 313 fall in the "Settled Other" category.