Can I refuse to answer questions that may get my office manager fired?

My job is to mail out the acct-receivable statements. I have found that the office manager has been moving money from one account to another. Example, your 90 days past due on an account. She will take part of the balance and move it to a customer that truely has a zero balance. So our books show no over 90 days. And, I told someone this who in turn reported my office manager. Now I am going to be questioned about this matter by the CFO of the company. Do I have to answer these questions or produce any of the messed up stuff I have seen. I really dont want to be a part of this matter. If this is truely something that should not be happening( the creative accounting then shouldn't the Cfo have been the one who discovered this anyway?

1 answer  |  asked Sep 11, 2010 11:47 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Bruce Elfvin
The mere act of questioning you related to the irregularities in the account statements is not unusual and should not be viewed as retaliation, unless or until the employer acts on the matters that you tell the truth with respect in good faith.

Whistleblowing on matters of corporate integrity should be protected under the Ohio Whistleblower Protection law and it is important that you stand behind the truthfulness of anything you reported. As least then, if something happens you will have the truth of the matters already out there.

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posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Sep 13, 2010 2:21 PM [EST]

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