What if I am not correct about my accusation of wrongdoing?
You need not be correct about the accusation so long as you have a reasonable, good faith belief that the behavior complained of violates the law, breaches corporate ethics or policies, or threatens public safety.
How can I establish a whistleblower claim?
You must show three things: (1) you engaged in the protected activity of alerting your employer or a government agency to some form of wrongdoing, (2) your employer knows about your protected activity, (3) you suffered an adverse action, which is any kind of punishment designed to silence you, and (4) you suffered the adverse action because of your protected activity.
Aside from reporting a violation to your employer or to the government, are there any other kinds of protected activities?
Yes. You can refuse to obey an illegal order from your employer, give support to others who have complained about conduct, or resist your employer’s wrongdoing in any other manner.