Last week's blog post discussed how some people who were working for the Veterans' Affairs office shed light on how some paperwork was swept under the rug for years. If you recall from that blog post, one person was reassigned when she spoke up against the problem she saw in the office. That reassignment might be construed as retaliation because she opted to blow the whistle on the problem.
Whistleblowers are usually people who can't stand to see issues, misconduct and safety issues at work. These brave people opt to speak up about those problems even if means they might face backlash from it. Here's the thing: whistleblowers have protection from retaliatory measures that employers might take.