Life for a whistleblower is not as rosy as it is perceived and they have to endure a lot of problems. Most of these whistleblowers are motivated by ethics and honesty and not by any gains which they may achieve as a result of their actions.
Almost 82% of these people pay a heavy price for their actions. Most of these either face pressures from their employers, are threatened while even lose their jobs. Even though these people do a lot of public good, they still end up paying a bitter price for their actions.
All this was revealed in a special report published in the May 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It mostly focuses on people who have filed claims under the federal False Claims Act. In this report, whistle blowing cases from United States, England, Canada and Australia were analyzed.
It also reported that the U. S. Justice Department currently has a backlog of more than 1,000 whistle blowing cases and needs to speed up these cases. It also stressed policymakers to focus on developing robust systems to help avoid these kinds of frauds and to also to make sure that the whistleblower receives proper protection and incentives for his actions.
The actions of the whistleblowers between the years 1996 to 2005 have yielded more than $9 billion dollar for the government.