Former Riverside contracts administrator Sean Gill was without a job after he blew the whistle on his employer for poorly handling public works projects at the expense of taxpayers. In a recently settled wrongful termination lawsuit, Gill claimed that he was fired almost immediately after alerting superiors to the wrongful conduct.
Although the term "whistle blower" was originally used to describe an employee who reported illegal actions of a company or corporation that was defrauding the government, over time the definition has expanded to include any employee who reports corporate or business crimes, committed without the victim's knowledge. This type of action has the potential for resulting in adverse, retaliatory conduct targeted at the employee, by the employer who has been implicated for wrongful conduct.
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted in March of 2010, the federal government extended whistleblower protections to those who report breakdowns in patient care, waste, abuse or fraud in health care.