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“How lawyers would advise the anonymous NYT op-ed writer (and the White House)”

Phillips & Cohen attorney Claire Sylvia was quoted in a 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.”

Read the article in full on the National Law Journal’s website

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