Every year, thousands of people witness what may be regarded as unethical conduct in the workplace. It is becoming increasingly common for people to discover some sort of waste, fraud or abuse on the job that could jeopardize the lives of others, or the well-being of the public.
Unfortunately, in many of these cases, employees will choose to remain silent out of fear, worried about keeping their own jobs. However, others will choose to willingly risk their professional career in order to come forward with the truth about the grievances they have laid witness to.
These people make the conscious decision to make a difference by “blowing the whistle” on unethical conduct in the workplace.
The “American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability,” will be coming to Auburn University Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7-9 p.m. in 113-A Lowder Business Building.
The event, which is sponsored by the Government Accountability Project and Auburn’s School of Accountancy, will be set to feature a moderated panel discussion with whistleblowers Jon Oberg, who will be speaking on fraud in the student loan system and Frank Casey, who will speak on the infamous Bernie Madoff scandal.
The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the vital role whistleblowing has in our democracy, while helping the youth of America prepare to make ethical decisions in the workplace. The GAP wants to counter negative connotations associated with whistleblowing, connect future prospective whistleblowers to available resources and encourage academic studies of whistleblowing.
For more information contact: Sarah Stanwick, Auburn School of Accountancy, (334) 844-6205, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999.