What Does This Mean?
Whistleblowing (in this context) is where you, the employee, raise suspected wrongdoing or dangers in the workplace, relating to:
- breach of any legal or regulatory obligation
- criminal offence(s)
- damage to the environment
- danger to the health and safety of any individual
- miscarriage of justice
- the deliberate concealing of information about any of the above
What Happens If I Do Raise A Concern?
As a whistleblower your employer should act on your concerns (known as protected disclosures). The best way to ensure this is to follow any Whistleblowing Policy they have in place. The Policy will usually set out the internal point of contact, or appropriate external body. It is rarely reasonable to disclose direct to the media.
If you are treated unfairly (an unlawful detriment) or dismissed because you raised a protected disclosure, then you can usually bring a claim against your employer. Unlawful detriments can include being overlooked for promotions or having disciplinary action taken against you.
What Next? How Can We Help You?
We can review how best to raise your concerns. If you have already raised them but no action is being taken, or you are being treated badly as a result, we can provide legal advice what you can do next. This might include issuing a claim in the Tribunal with the support of your employment solicitor. With these types of claims you don’t have to have been employed for two years and there is no upper limit of compensation. Please contact us for more help in the Guildford, Godalming, Woking, Worplesdon & surrounding Surrey area.
If you need more information as an employer on whistleblowing, please see here.