Whistleblowing within an organization can be a high risk forthose who are considered the “whistleblower.
” It can cause many problems withinan organization and conflict between those who situation involves. Bok says a”would-be whistleblowermust weigh his responsibility to serve the public interest against theresponsibility he owes to his colleagues and the institution in which he works” which can give the whistleblowermore of a reason not to carry out the act of blowing the whistle. This case study will show the consequences to making theunethical decision and committing fraud.These results are from an employee within the organization that is the “whistleblower” causes. “A lot of case study evidences haveindicated that whistleblowing done for the betterment for the organizationunder ethical acts can also sometimes make the employee a victim of it and theymight be thrown out of their job and sometimes have life threats” (Jubb,P., 1999). Losing your job is just another riskyou have to take.That is when you have to decide if the wrongdoing is going to be worthreporting in the long run .
GSK also known as GlaxoSmithKline plead guilty tocriminal charges of $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fineafter committing the largest healthcare fraud in U.S.history. ThomasGerahty,the former senior marketing development manager of GSK and the whistleblower inthis case,provided information to a pharmaceutical company based out of London. This information included GSKschemes to push sales for Advair,Wellbutrin,and Imitrex. GSK was a supplier ofantidepressants to children under the age of 18.
This drug was only approved for adults from the age 18 and older. This company promoted this drug bylying in medical journals.They also did not mention to the “U.S.Food and Drug Administration safety data about its diabetes drug Avandia, in violations of U.S.
law.” (Clarke, A.T., & Holton; K. 2012,July 02) GlaxoSmithKline plead guilty to three misdemeanor criminal counts, due to the drugs. This case shows that even though Gerahty had been a loyalemployee,there was something that wasn’tright. Gerahty was in anethical dilemma whether to do the right thing or just sweep it under the rugand continue doing his job.He had the decision whether blow the whistle and let his attorney know that GSKwas providing off-labeled treatments across the country, that would potentially hurt thepatients that are consuming these drugs,or continue working for the company that is participating in illegal actions.
When Thomas Gerahty made hisdecision,it was the most ethical one.His decision to blow the whistle served justice to all of those who consumedGSK’s products. Gerahty sad. “That bothered me.
We were worried that blowing thewhistle would hurt our careers but felt that it was the right thing to do.” (Medicare fraud alleged. 2018,January 09) Another example was,a banks CEO began to catch onto several large deposits by members of the board. $10,000cash or more has to be reported to the IRS according to the Bank Security Act. Adjusting you deposits to not bereported to IRS is against the law and will also be reported.
After seeing all of these largedeposits that were under the $10,000he got suspicious of them laundering drug money.He then goes on to report these actions and that he was suspicious of. After he blew the whistle, the board of directors found out andstarted to ignore him a eventually he ended up losing his job. This was an example of employee loyalty. He observed what was going on andwhen he felt that these actions needed to be taken serious he reported it.
Even though he was dealing withupper management,he was not scared to take action.This took braver and courage when he had to face them. Unfortunately, because he did blow the whistle helost his job but there are always risk when reporting important informationlike so.