Whistleblowing and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act


Whistleblowing and Sarbanes-Oxley

Use the Internet to research instances of whistleblowing in publicly traded companies within the last 12 months.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe the key characteristics of a whistleblower, and briefly summarize one (1) researched instance of whistleblowing in one (1) publicly traded U.S. company within the last 12 months. Include the details of the issue that the whistleblower reported and the effect of the whistleblower’s actions on both the whistleblower himself and the company.
  2. Decide whether or not the whistleblower was justified in reporting the company’s actions. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Examine the extent to which the whistleblower would be protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Justify your response.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference and proprietary websites do not qualify as academic resources. One reference must be: Prentice, R. A., &Bredeson, D. (2010). Student Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2nd ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine the underlying causes for passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and determine protections afforded to whistleblowers.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in law, ethics, and corporate governance.
  • Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing mechanics.




There are many cases of whistle blowing in the United States because the practice has the protection of the law to inhibit corrupt practices in business. Whistle blowers are protected by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that was enacted specifically for that purpose. Protection of whistle blowers constitutes criminalizing any attempts by offenders to retaliate by laying off is the whistle-blower is an insider. The executing entity is the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) where the whistle-blower files the allegation of business malpractices. Whistle-blowers have certain characteristics that bind them all. The features seem to be the same across all the whistle-blowing cases in the past. They include: