Whistleblowing is the popular term for public disclosure about a range of issues which might constitute ‘wrongdoing’.
If you have ‘blown the whistle’ in the workplace about what you believed to be a breach of a legal obligation by your employer – such as criminal activity, regulatory breach, a health and safety breach or an attempt to cover up wrongdoing – you are protected by law. This protection applies if you are an employee, worker or a member of an LLP.
When wrongdoing has taken place and an employee makes this public or reports it to the authorities, they are protected under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 – often referred to as the Whistleblowers’ Act.
Many employees may fear if they disclose illegal or unethical practices in the workplace, they will lose their job – or may face censure from colleagues or their profession. Whistleblowers who subsequently experience detrimental treatment by their employer – including bullying, harassment or discrimination, being dismissed sacked or forced out as a result of having blown the whistle, should seek expert legal advice.
If you wish to make a qualifying disclosure about an employer, it is important to take legal advice and find out what your rights are as soon as possible. Fox Williams provides clear legal advice on employment law at any stage of an employment matter, including whistleblowing.
We also have a successful track record in advising companies and employers on disputes involving public interest disclosure.