The American economy has gone to seed. It happened in the earlier part of the twentieth century with the Great Depression. Now it’s happened again in the twenty-first century with the Great Recession of 2008.

The reason America experienced such a recession has a lot to do with underhanded business dealings that were trying to game the system for more cash. What this did is give limited riches in the short run at the expense of massive losses in the long run. A house of cards was built to the sky, and then a gust of wind came by, and all the cards fell down on the fly. The fallout of the decisions leading to that card house is now affecting the majority of America. Businesses are closing, wallets are thinning, belts are tightening, and employment is at an all-time low. The saddest part is, the entire situation could have been prevented if current legal provisions for whistleblowers were in place.

In the wake of this recession, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This act is designed to provide whistleblowers the help they need in outing underhanded business practices. This provision protects their jobs against losses which may come from employers that decide to recriminate whistleblowers for doing the right thing. This provision also allows incentives to be given such that there’s an additional reason for whistleblowers to suck it up and face the music.

The only thing this provision doesn’t provide is anonymity to those who are willing to take a stand. However, that anonymity can be had through cogent legal representation. Labaton Sucharow is an organization who will fight on behalf of individuals looking to blow the whistle. Not only that, they’ll do it in a way that allows clients to remain anonymous. Furthermore, this legal group can help maximize incentive collection. Labaton Sucharow was the first Whistleblower Representation Practice to be established in the United States. The leader of its legal team is Jordan A. Thomas. Thomas helped pioneer the Dodd-Frank Act when he was still working at the SEC as the Assistant Director, among other things. What this means is that the greatest possible protections exist for individuals willing to blow the whistle today. Learn more about SEC Whistleblower attorneys

The American economy needs help, and only a select few are in a position to provide it. With increasing protections and incentives, hopefully some will gather courage and out wrongdoing in places of financial authority.