When whistleblowers come forward to expose wrongdoing within a company, it is important that there be protections for those reporting the misdeeds. Too often whistleblowers face retaliation, including harassment at work, threats, or wrongful termination.
Even more extreme, sometimes laws are put in place that punish whistleblowers rather than the companies accused of wrongdoing.
Such is the case in Idaho where the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals struck down part of a law meant to prevent undercover investigations in livestock and meatpacking plants. The court determined that the law, known more commonly as the “ag gag” law, violated the right to free speech under the First Amendment by too broadly restricting the ability to record and report issues within the industry, according to a report from The Associated Press. Continue reading