Whistleblowing is the term used when an employee or worker passes on information concerning wrongdoing. It is called “making a disclosure” or “blowing the whistle”.
The wrongdoing will typically (although not necessarily) be something they have witnessed at work.
A whistleblower is protected from being unfairly dismissed or from suffering another detriment as a result of making a disclosure. This means that they should not be:
- excluded from work; etc
If they are subjected to a detriment then they can bring a claim for compensation. There is no limit on the amount of compensation that can be claimed and the employee does not need to have been employed for any particular length of time in order to bring a claim.
Whistleblowing claims are difficult because the law is very complicated. Often employers fall foul of the whistleblowing rules because they do not recognise when an employee has made a whistleblowing disclosure.
At Moon Beever our expert employment lawyers can guide employers through the pitfalls of potential claims often avoiding the prospect of litigation and where this is not possible, putting the employer in the best possible position to defend a claim.