“What motivates whistleblowers” is a question that our whistleblower attorneys are asked frequently. Basic honesty and integrity–trying to do the right thing–is what we see most.
It is deeply satisfying when a whistleblower’s courage in insisting on honesty and integrity is recognized and applauded. I just received this note that was sent to a client who had “taken a stand” for honesty and integrity in handling federal grant funds at an educational institution, and I am reprinting portions here. Its truth and eloquence speak for themselves:
You don’t know me, but we share a couple of things in common. I worked in the [same institution] from late 2002 to early 2004. . . .
Your integrity amidst pressure from multiple sources is truly admirable, and I’m heartened that others ultimately saw matters as you did. A particular quote of yours resonated with me. “You have to stand up and defend academic values.” . . .
Thank you for your personal example of integrity, of honoring academic standards, and persistence. To be sure, you are a gifted scholar AND champion to so many. I wish you and your family all good things in the future.