Professor Steven Mintz on the Ethics of Whistle-blowing

Steven Mintz, Professor of Accounting for the Orfalea College of Business, contributed to in an article about the ethics of corporate whistle-blowing in cases of fraudulent or otherwise illegal business practices. Mintz teaches ethics in business and accounting at Cal Poly and manages two popular blogs in ethical issues in business and society ( and in the workplace ( In this feature, Mintz raises tough questions about when an employee ought to speak up against corporate malpractice and discusses the various laws that protect whistle-blowers who reveal sensitive information.

“The harm a company does to a community with unlawful practices outweighs the harm an individual does to one’s employer by blowing the whistle after attempting to right the wrong through internal means.” — Steven Mintz