This is why we need good legal protections for whistleblowers. They perform a very important public service at great cost to themselves.
I remember reading there is no special status for whistleblowers in Switzerland... When you whistle-blow your employer there, your employer is free to sue you for breach of contract/confidentiality/bury you alive in legal costs. What a wonderful world :)
> [...] under Swiss law, whistleblowers expose themselves to civil and criminal penalties. Apart from some limited exceptions, there are no laws protecting whistleblowers.
In employment law, employees are generally required to report to their employer internally before reporting any grievances to the authorities and may inform the public of misconduct only as a last resort. Further, the Swiss courts regularly treat disclosing confidential information to the public as a criminal offence, such as breaching manufacturing or business secrecy (Article 162 of the Criminal Code) or banking secrecy (Article 47 of the Banking Act).
This is one reason I'm pro-regulation in general. If I work in a place that should be clean and isn't, I could snitch to the inspector, who could swing by for a "random" inspection at the right time. This is a vague example, and I know the food industry already is well-regulated, but many others are not.
If the company is trusted to stay clean (or random inspections aren't performed often enough), if the inspectors can't communicate with employees, if the agencies can't be trusted to handle anonymous reports in such a way as to protect the whistleblower... then the regulations just punish the most ethical organizations.
Where I work, OSHA and fire are the main inspectors to "worry" about. God bless them.
I can’t say where I exactly work but the stuff our team deals with is super critical infrastructure that affects people’s lives and there are certain individuals on our team that hide issues under the rug and I’ve been raising red flags and it’s a constant battle. When I first started on our team no one wanted to work there and other people left our team with panic attacks and there was high turn over. I just had a case of psychosis a year ago and I’m telling my psychiatrist it’s my job that’s making this happen. People ask why I don’t quit and I told them if I quit I worry what will really happen without myself keeping others in check. I now know that’s not my job and I took my job too much to heart. I’m at the point of jumping off this sinking ship because it’s not worth my own sanity. Just recently our organization has raised mental health as a priority and I’ve been open about what goes on in my life so others that work in other areas don’t go through what I’ve been through.