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Debbie Laird
October 25, 2015
Law, Ethics and Corporate Government

The term “whistleblower” is sometimes referred to as snitch, rat, or disgruntled employee. In today’s business world with corruption such as that of Enron, which helped to make whistleblowing a household term, employees who witness corrupt or unethical business practices taking place need to have a channel and they need protection that if they blow the whistle, then they will be protected by the US Government. Being a whistleblower takes courage as whistleblowing is not an easy thing to do. To better understand whistleblowing, this paper attempts to define whistleblowers, the characteristics of whistleblowing and what motivates whistleblowing. This paper also includes the details of a whistleblowing case regarding JC Penney and their whistleblower, Robert Blatchford.
A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed dishonest, illegal, and unethical or corrupt (Miriam Webster Dictionary). A whistleblower can be described as a person or employee who is unselfishly motivated, who is practical, and who is uninterested in altering their behavior and someone who allow their own attitude to guide them. Sometimes, whistleblowers can be described as revengeful. Many times whistleblowers are very well educated people who hold professional positions in the business world.
JC Penney is a national department store chain, based out of Texas, which is publically traded. The company has been in the news quite often over the course of the past several years, including stock prices declines and the appointment of a new CEO. Recently, JC Penney has been in the news for a whistleblowing case involving business practices in their ST. Petersburg, Florida store.
Robert Blatchford, a JC Penney employee in the ST. Petersburg Florida store…...

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