What is a whistleblower?

Whistleblowers can make their allegations either internally or externally. Most whistleblowers are internal whistleblowers who report the problem or wrongdoing to another employee or a superior in the company. Many people refuse to be whistleblowers unless they can do so with confidentiality, as they are often concerned about reprisal. Because of this fear, many companies have a complaint system in place that offers options for whistleblowers.

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Is walking off the job quitting?

In terms of whether walking off the job without comment could constitute quitting, a lot depends on the specific circumstances. For example, it would be different for an employee paid on a salary basis, where the exact hours worked are by definition not critical, as opposed to an hourly worker, where the worker is expected to be there for a defined shift.

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