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Whistleblowing

In recent years we have acted for employees and workers to bring high value claims against their employer. Some have resulted in 6 figure settlements.

As leading employment law specialists, we are highly experienced in advising an employee or worker on whistleblowing issues and disputes. For more information and advice from one of our employment law solicitors, please call us on 01780 757 589, or request a callback, alternatively complete our quick online enquiry form.

What is Whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing is when an employee suspects there is some wrongdoing at their place of work and brings it either to their employer’s attention or to the attention of a regulator or law enforcement agency. This called ‘making a public interest disclosure’ and means employees and workers are protected by law.

Disclosures must be about one of the following:

  • A criminal offence
  • Damage to the environment
  • Breach of a legal obligation
  • Miscarriage of justice
  • Someone’s health and safety is in danger
  • The employer isn’t obeying the law
  • Any of the above activities are being concealed

In these instances, employees and workers are protected against unfair treatment and dismissal for Whistleblowing, regardless of how long you have been working for your employer.

Personal grievances, for example, bullying, harassment, and discrimination are not covered by Whistleblowing law, unless your particular complaint is in the public interest. This should instead be dealt with in the first instance by lodging a grievance.

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Dismissal and if You Suffer a Detriment for Whistleblowing

If you are dismissed from your job, you can claim for an automatically unfair dismissal and an Employment Tribunal has the power to award you unlimited compensation.

The law is there to protect those who act in the public interest in disclosing their employer’s wrongdoing. You should not be unfairly treated or dismissed because of your disclosure.

Unfair treatment because of Whistleblowing could be:

  • Failure to promote
  • Denial of training
  • Closer monitoring
  • Disciplinary sanction
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Victimisation
  • Dismissal
  • Failure to provide an appropriate reference
  • Ostracism
  • Blocking access to resources
  • Unrequested reassignment or relocation
  • Demotion
  • Suspension
  • Failure to investigate a subsequent concern.

If you are an employee and believe you have been subjected to any detriment on the ground that you have made a protected disclosure  call us and speak with one of our expert employment solicitors on 01780 757 589, request a callback or complete our quick online enquiry form

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