Last year saw a significant increase in substantiated retaliation against corporate whistleblowers, according to NAVEX Global’s “2015 Ethics and Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report,” released this week.

In the past, between 10 and 12 percent of retaliation complaints were found to be true, said Carrie Penman, who analyzed the statistics and helped prepare the report. “But that number more than doubled last year, jumping to 27 percent,” noted Penman, chief compliance officer and senior vice president at NAVEX Global. She has been with the company since 2003, and is a former deputy director of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association.

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