Report Underscores Importance of Whistleblower Rewards and Protections for Internal Auditors
Many auditors feel pressure to suppress or make changes to their audit findings. In North America the pressure is greater than the global average.
Auditors find themselves in the ultimate role to find and disclose fraud. Auditors find themselves protected against retaliation for blowing the whistle on possibly illegal and unethical activities. However, many auditors also find themselves faced with pressure to not report their audit findings. In a recent study 25% of auditors surveyed in North America are feeling that pressure. Considering that laws in the U.S. offer auditors strong protection and robust incentives, that statistic is alarming. Rewards for whistleblowers and protection for auditors is more vital than ever.
Jason Zuckerman litigates whistleblower retaliation and rewards, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims, and authors the Whistleblower Protection Law Blog. His broad experience includes serving as Senior Legal Advisor to the Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. In 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed Zuckerman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve OSHA’s administration of federal whistleblower protections.
Matthew Stock is an associate at Zuckerman Law, where his practice focuses on representing whistleblowers in whistleblower rewards and whistleblower retaliation cases. Mr. Stock has audited a broad range of industries, both domestically and internationally, including large public companies and financial institutions. He uses his auditing experience to help IRS, CFTC and SEC whistleblowers investigate and disclose complex financial frauds to the government.
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