People naturally don't like to be betrayed. This is why some companies view a whistleblower as a traitor and as being untrustworthy. However, if a company retaliates against a worker for blowing the whistle on the company's unethical practices, then the employee may feel betrayed by a company he or she initially thought was upstanding. It is unlawful for employers in Wisconsin to treat employees badly simply because they spoke up about potentially unethical or illegal issues at the workplace.
One woman in a recent out-of-state case said she was retaliated against after voicing her concerns about a Veterans Affairs contractor. She then sued the company. Her lawsuit with the company has since been settled, authorities said.