Puerto Rico Ethical Standards for Whistleblowers Analytical Essay by Nicky

Puerto Rico Ethical Standards for Whistleblowers
Looks at the reasons why the Puerto Rico whistleblower program is outstanding.
# 148814 | 2,080 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2011 in Law (International) , Criminology (Public and Crime) , Ethics (General)

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This paper compares the US and the Puerto Rico whistleblower programs, which are the same as far as employment and disclosures; however, Puerto Rico has very clear and efficient laws regarding whistleblowers as the legal system is completely unified with the victim and witness protection program giving whistle blowers greater protection. Next, the author reviews the cases in the US including the New York Times journalist Judith Miller and concludes that in Puerto Rico there would have been more leniencies. The paper underscores that Puerto Rico protects whistleblowers because the citizens believe that the ethical position is that if people take these risks then their safety must be ensured.

Table of Contents:
Who Blows The Whistle?
How Have They Protected Or Failed To Protect Them?

From the Paper:

"The whistle blower statutes are silent on basic issues in jurisprudence. The practice of the courts relying on precedents creates difficulty in the act because earlier established laws and precedents are what determine the outcome of the issue. There are many issues that are yet to be solved in the act in the United States. Following the US laws, Puerto Rico too has identical set of problems. The US legislature is attempting to create a uniform national whistle blower protection law, but attorney and litigants re still confused over the issue of fitting their case into the correct fold of the law. In the end the whistle blower is left with no protection at all. This lacuna has made it possible for criminal elements to destroy the whistle blowers who stood up against crime. There is now a maze of laws for whistle blowers. In Puerto Rico the law is embodied in the act. Sen. Daniel Akaka or D-Hawaii proposed a bill to give whistle blowers greater protection. The 'Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act' comes after whistleblowers have suffered retaliation from employers because of their disclosures. The act now in place, namely the Whistle blower Protection Act 1990 passed to protect from retribution the civil servants who don not toe the line of their employers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alford, C. Fred. Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power.Cornell University Press, 2002.
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Journalist Judith Miller released; CPJ relieved, but troubled by message in case. 30 September 2005. <http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/69532/>
  • Ethics.org. Office of Government Ethics of Puerto Rico Releases Survey on Employee Ethics. Washington, DC. October 27, 2003.<http://www.ethics.org/resources/articles-organizational-ethics.asp?aid=697>
  • Hanson, Earl Parker. Transformation: The Story of Modern Puerto Rico. Simon and Schuster: New York, 1955.
  • Jaffe, A. J. People, Jobs and Economic Development: A Case History of Puerto Rico Supplemented by Recent Mexican Experiences. Free Press: Glencoe, IL, 1959.

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APA Format

Puerto Rico Ethical Standards for Whistleblowers (2011, November 06) Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/puerto-rico-ethical-standards-for-whistleblowers-148814/

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"Puerto Rico Ethical Standards for Whistleblowers" 06 November 2011. Web. 29 October. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/puerto-rico-ethical-standards-for-whistleblowers-148814/>