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Employment Law - Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is when a worker reports suspected wrongdoing at work. Officially, this is known as “making a disclosure in the public interest”.

In these situations, the 'whistleblowing' individual can often be subjected to dismissal, harassment or unfair treatment.

As an employee, you are protected by the law when reporting the following:

  • Situations where an individual’s health and safety is in danger.
  • There is damage to the environment.
  • There is a criminal offence.
  • The organisation is not complying with the Law.
  • There is a cover up of one of the above.

Wildings Employment Law Solicitors have considerable experience in dealing with whistleblowing complaints. Along with supporting employees who have been victimised for whistleblowing, our team provides clients with practical advice on how best to report their concerns.

The Law surrounding Whistleblowing is covered under the Public Interest Disclosure Act. This legislation is complex. In the circumstances, we would strongly recommend that if you are considering “blowing the whistle” that obtain advice from an expert employment law solicitor, at your earliest opportunity.

Time Limits

If an employee is subjected to detriment or a dismissal as a result of making a protected disclosure, they will have a time limit of 3 months (less one day) from the date of the act complained of to bring a claim to an employment tribunal.

There is no minimum length of service needed for bringing this claim.

However it is important to note that before being able to issue a tribunal claim, it is a prerequisite that the claim is registered with ACAS under their early conciliation scheme.

Next Steps

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