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Employment Law Advice - Employees

Whistleblowing

Our Lawyers offer expert legal advice on whistleblowing, giving you the courage to speak up.

What is whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing is the term used when an employee or worker passes on information concerning wrongdoing within their organisation.

To benefit from whistleblowing protection, a worker or employee must make a “protected disclosure” which means, when making their disclosure, they reasonably believe that:

they are acting in the public interest by blowing the whistle; and
the disclosure tends to show past, present or likely future wrongdoing falling into one or more of the following categories:

  • criminal offences;
  • failure to comply with an obligation set out in law;
  • miscarriages of justice;
  • endangering of someone’s health and safety;
  • damage to the environment;
  • covering up of wrongdoing in the above categories.

How are whistleblowers protected?

There are two separate levels of protection for whistleblowers:

the dismissal of an employee will be automatically unfair if the reason, or principal reason, for their dismissal is that they have made a protected disclosure; and/or
employees and workers are protected from being subjected to any detriment on the ground that they have made a protected disclosure.

Time limits

If you have been dismissed or subjected to any other detriment because you have blown the whistle on your employer, you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity as there are very strict time limits for claims to be presented to the Employment Tribunal.  Normally you must issue your claim within three months from the date of the act complained of.

Let us help

If you have been a victim of unfair treatment due to whistleblowing or need legal advice in relation to a potential claim, we are here to help.  Our solicitors will advise you on the prospects of any proposed claim and seek to ensure that you have the best chance of either resolving your dispute, negotiating a favourable settlement or issuing legal proceedings on your behalf.