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Whistleblower of the Year

Each December, Whistleblower Insider asks for its readers help to select the Whistleblower of the Year. We are interested in showcasing the individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength, integrity, selflessness and a deep concern for public health and safety. The winners are announced in February.

2017 Whistleblower Of The Year Goes To . . . James Comey

Posted  02/8/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The votes are in, and Whistleblower Insider’s 2017 Whistleblower of the Year is James Comey, who led the FBI from September 2013 until he was dismissed in May 2017. Shortly after Comey’s dismissal, unclassified memoranda he penned regarding his meetings with President Trump became public. Comey, concerned about potential abuse of power, said he shared the relevant memoranda with a friend, intending that the friend...

Interview with 2017 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate Joel Clement -- Part II

Posted  02/5/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is Part II of our interview with Interior Department whistleblower Joel Clement.  Mr. Clement is a former federal executive and public lands policy expert with a background in climate and energy. After publicly disclosing how climate change affects Alaska Native communities, Mr. Clement was reassigned to an accounting position for which he had no experience. Believing he was a victim of unlawful employment...

Interview with 2017 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate Joel Clement -- Part I

Posted  02/1/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is Part I of our interview with Interior Department whistleblower Joel Clement.  Mr. Clement is a former federal executive and public lands policy expert with a background in climate and energy. After publicly disclosing how climate change affects Alaska Native communities, Mr. Clement was reassigned to an accounting position for which he had no experience. Believing he was a victim of unlawful employment...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- The Weinstein Whistleblowers

Posted  12/22/17
This “Whistleblower Spotlight” features the many women who came forward to face down years of sexual harassment—and worse—from producer Harvey Weinstein, helping to spark a long overdue national conversation.   Weinstein’s alleged abuses spanned decades, with reports of misconduct from as far back as 1980.  The few women brave enough to report his behavior were silenced either by Weinstein’s influence in the industry and tight control over his company or...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- Paradise Papers Whistleblower(s)

Posted  12/22/17
This “Whistleblower Spotlight” features the Paradise Papers leaker(s), an unnamed whistleblower (or whistleblowers) responsible for shining a light on the widespread use of illicit offshore tax havens. The November 2017 exposé revealed where government officials, royalty, entertainers, and powerful corporations store their cash to avoid taxes.  The details are in 13.4 million documents, such as emails and presentations, handed over to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the same publication that first...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- Susan Fowler

Posted  12/22/17
On February 19, 2017, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler fired the shot heard round Silicon Valley.  In her explosive blog post, “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber,” Ms. Fowler described rampant sexual harassment and institutionalized sexism at one of the tech world’s most hyped companies.  As Maureen Dowd put it, Ms. Fowler “pierced the self-indulgent, adolescent Pleasure Island mentality of Silicon Valley.”  In the process, she inspired...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- Sanofi Aventis

Posted  12/22/17
This "Whistleblower Spotlight" features Sanofi Aventis US, one of our candidates for 2017 Whistleblower of the Year.  The US subsidiary of the French pharmaceutical giant is our only "corporate" candidate for this accolade but represents a growing trend in the whistleblower world of companies saying something when they see something they believe falls outside the realm of business fair play.  In this case, it was calling out Mylan Inc. and Mylan...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- Joel Clement

Posted  12/22/17
 By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This "Whistleblower Spotlight" features Joel Clement, a scientist and former director of the Interior Department’s Office of Policy Analysis, who was reassigned last summer to an Interior Department accounting office after blowing the whistle on climate change.  Clement believes he was retaliated against for speaking about the dangers climate change poses to Alaskan Native Communities and accusing the Trump administration of choosing “silence over...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- James Comey

Posted  12/21/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This whistleblower spotlight focuses on former FBI Director James Comey, who, in recognition of last year’s Whistleblower Appreciation Day, spoke eloquently of creating a culture of humility in government to “encourage whistleblowers to raise their hands,” and fostering an environment in which whistleblowers are “entitled to be heard . . . [in] an adult conversation.” Comey led the FBI from September 2013 until he...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  12/19/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as the 2017 Whistleblower of the Year. We are especially interested in those individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower -- courage, strength, integrity, selflessness and a deep concern for public health and safety. You can choose among the  candidates listed below, or identify your own candidate. Please vote for and identify as many candidates as you like....
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