Although common law wrongful discharge claims may text of any number of statutes that create public policy issues for the courts because of the specific problems the statutes are designed to remedy. Whistleblower statutes, on the other hand, specifically provide protection for an employee who has been retaliated against in an employment situation for whistleblowing. Such statutes exist at both the federal and state levels. Their coverage varies greatly. Some state statutes apply to both public and private employees, and some only provide protection to public employees. The purpose of whistleblower statutes is to encourage employees to report wrongful conduct.