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Have you blown the whistle at work?

 

A whistleblower is someone who reports certain types of wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing (that is in the public interest) to their employer or relevant organisation.

Blowing the whistle at work can be a stressful time as you may feel like you have done the wrong thing, feel like you have betrayed your colleagues or manager or perhaps you have started to be treated differently since you blew the whistle.

Whatever the situation, Oakwood Solicitors has an experienced team of employment lawyers that can assist you before, during or after you have blown the whistle.

Whistleblowing

 

I have not blown the whistle at work but I think I need to. How do I blow the whistle and when should I?

If you reasonably believe (and it is in the public interest) that one or more of the following matters is either happening, has taken place, or is likely to happen in the future then you should report the wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing to the relevant individual/organisation:

  • A criminal offence
  • The breach of a legal obligation
  • A miscarriage of justice
  • A danger to the health and safety of any individual
  • Damage to the environment
  • Deliberate attempt to conceal any of the above.

You may have a Staff Handbook at work which includes within it a whistleblowing policy. It is important to read this policy so that you report the wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing to the appropriate person within the workplace. This person is generally referred to as a ‘whistleblowing officer’.

However, there may certain situations where the is no appointed internal whistleblowing officer or, it may be more appropriate to the report the wrongdoing to the relevant organisation in which the wrongdoing relates.

If you have any concerns in relation to blowing the whistle please contact Oakwood Solicitors for further advice.

 

What rights to whistleblowers have?

Whistleblowing, also known as ‘making a protected disclosure’, is potentially a ‘protected act’ under employment law. This means that employees who are aware of unlawful activity in the workplace, and report it, should not be subjected to any detriment as a result, or dismissed due to making this disclosure.

For employees making a disclosure against their employer, it can, understandably, be a stressful process. In some cases, it can even result in the employee suffering a psychiatric injury. There is often an overlap between a whistleblowing claim in the Employment Tribunal, and a civil claim for Stress at Work.

You are not required to have a specific length of service with your employer to be protected as a whistleblower (unlike a claim for unfair dismissal).

 

Have you been treated differently since you have whistleblown?

Once you have whistleblown, you could experience bullying or other detrimental repercussions very quickly.

If you have noticed any difference in the way you are treated at work or you have suffered detriment since whistleblowing please contact Oakwood Solicitors as soon as possible to see how we can help.

 

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