The Matter of Getting the Right Kind of Help
A layperson or an individual with very little knowledge or experience in interpreting and referencing different laws will find it difficult to gather and organize all the information he needs for his protection against possible retaliation. It is important, therefore, for a whistleblower to seek the most appropriate form of support and assistance, particularly if a person does not have the resources to pay for an attorney.
The National Whistleblowers Center
This is a not-for-profit organization that may be able to provide the help needed through its National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund (NWLDEF), which provides legal assistance through its Attorney Referral System and Report Fraud Now program.
In addition to large-scale matters of national and public interests, this organization provides assistance in protecting the whistleblowers against acts of retaliations. In case you are seeking this kind of help, you can access an online tool where you can submit a confidential report. The NWLDEF will evaluate your case for possible referral to legal counsel, based on the merits of your claim.
The Government Accountability Project (GAP)
GAP is another not-for-profit organization operating primarily through funds donated by private individuals and foundations. The organization, however, would prefer to handle cases that are of national interests and public concern and not solely for the protection of the whistleblower, or benefit of a corporation or investors that have vested interests in the company, unless leading to matters of large-scale fraud.
The reader is reminded that there are whistleblowing laws and statutes in which rights and protection against retaliatory act or adverse employment action, as one of the hazards of whistleblowing, are specifically addressed.