Photographer Edelman is raising awareness about the unethical behaviour that their companies are up to

The US Department of Energy was the target of Simon Edelman’s whistleblowing. But he had no way of knowing that his act of resistance was at the forefront of a growing national trend. Edelman worked as a DOE photographer in 2017. He anonymously disclosed photos of a meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and the CEO coal company.

The company is one of the top coal businesses in the nation to the liberal news website In These Times. His decision was supportive as the department was going forward with several new regulations that would have bolstered the coal industry.

The CEO was pictured hugging Perry, a former governor of Texas, and delivering DOE officials a pro-coal regulatory plan. The day after the images were released, Edelman claimed that his camera equipment was taken away. He was forcibly removed from the DOE offices and was not allowed to bring his laptop.

Despite, according to Edelman, the department never looking into or confirming that he was the whistleblower, Edelman was sacked. Eventually, in a January 2018 New York Times piece, Edelman acknowledged leaking the images. Additionally stated that his goal was to “expose the close relationship between the two men.”

Edelman encountered the silent punishment

Additionally, he submitted a complaint to the department, claiming whistleblower status. Retaliation is a classification for those who disclose ethical or legal transgressions, fraud, abuse, or other wrongdoing within businesses or government organizations. According to Edelman, the department ultimately came up with a compromise that was acceptable to both parties.

However, Edelman encountered the silent punishment that plagues many whistleblowers following a frenetic news cycle about his case. He explained to me about his numerous interviewees,” they just happened to Google my name, and I didn’t get a response back.”
Over the past several years, several well-known whistleblowers have come forward: Mark McGann at Uber, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko at Twitter, Tyler Shultz and Erika Cheung at Theranos, and Frances Haugen at Facebook.


Haugen and others have provided information to the Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC launched a whistleblower program in 2011 and has seen a significant increase in complaints in recent years. The SEC reported receiving 12,210 tips in the fiscal year 2021, a 76% increase from the previous year and a 300% growth rate since the program’s inception. The program again smashed the record with more than 12,300 tips, a 136% increase from the previous fiscal year.

The extra time and space that workers acquired from the epidemic. Moreover, the rise of remote work has created an environment conducive to whistleblowers, which may be why there has been such a spike in complaints.

Mary Inman claimed that employees in virtual workplaces don’t form same bonds

Employees started to reevaluate their connection with work as the virus advanced, and they retreated to their temporary home offices. As a result, many people could accept workplace wrongdoing and eventually disclose it. Thanks to the distance between employer and employee.
For example, the Uber whistleblower McGann said in an interview with Politico that it wasn’t until the pandemic that he “had time on his hands” to properly consider his decision to speak up about the treatment of employees by the ride-hailing company.

Mary Inman, a partner at Constantine Cannon who has been a whistleblower advocate for 25 years. He told Edelman that employees in virtual workplaces don’t form the same bonds of allegiance to their employers as they would in physical workplaces. This has probably increased whistleblowing. She said that the threats seem farther away when you’re in a distant area.

Allegiances have also changed due to the widespread reconsideration and mass resignation of workers across the nation. According to Inman, people are now more willing to assume the risk of blowing the whistle due to all that introspection.