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Laws and whistleblowing

-Should it make any difference how the whistle is blown-internally or externally? When might it be ethically appropriate to blow the whistle (a) internally; (b) to the enforcing authorities, such as SEC regulators; and (c) to the media?

-The state laws protecting whistleblowers vary enormously, but none of them protect whistleblowers who turn to the media first. Why do you think that is so? Does that seem like sound policy to you? Does it encourage or discourage ethical behavior?

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It should not make a difference whether the whistle is blown-internally or externally. However, in fact it does make a difference. The reason behind this is the individuals reason or rational for the whistle blowing. For example, if the whistle is blown from an external entity, and the ...

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This solution provides the learner with an understanding of when it might be ethically appropriate for whistleblowing to occur. Further this solution provides the learner an overview of the laws that protect whistleblowers and whether these laws encourage or discourage ethical behavior.