Phillips & Cohen attorney Claire Sylvia was quoted in a The National Law Journal article published in response to the The New York Times‘ blockbuster op-ed written by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration. The article offers the anonymous author hypothetical advice from attorneys.
Claire Sylvia, a Phillips & Cohen whistleblower lawyer in San Francisco, said the White House’s push to uncover the writer’s identity reminded her of tactics in the corporate arena.
“There have been a lot of examples where employers—when they get information from the whistleblower happening—the emphasis is on, ‘Let’s figure out who that person is,’” Sylvia said. “That reinforces a toxic workplace. Employees are afraid to raise issues when the company focuses on the messenger rather than the message.”
She added: “When whistleblowers raise concerns about violations, institutions and companies should listen to what they are saying and address the issue and not engage in a witch hunt.”