Whistleblowing has become a major source of litigation in the UK since the introduction of the Public Interest Disclosure Act in 1998 (PIDA).
Whistleblowing law protects individuals who report wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing or malpractice at work from suffering any disadvantage as a result of raising the flag.
We have all seen a lot of press around whistleblowers in the National Health Service, the BBC and other large organisations. Even reporting a breach of employment law can amount to whistleblowing. Compensation in whistleblowing claims can be unlimited.
Unfortunately, many employees who blow the whistle suffer victimisation at work which is unlawful.
The whistleblowing legislation applies to people at work raising genuine concerns about crimes, civil offences (negligence, breach of contract), dangers to health and safety or the environment, miscarriages of justice and the actual or proposed cover up of any of these.
To be protected disclosures have to be made in good faith which means that the disclosure is made honestly. There are some exceptions to this.
A disclosure made at work to your employer will be protected if you have a reasonable belief that malpractice is occurring, has occurred or is likely to occur.
If you think you may be a whistleblower or that you may be being treated badly at work for raising concerns contact us for a free initial advice.
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