It is against the law for an employee to suffer a detriment at work because the employee blew the whistle regarding any wrong-doing by the employer.
A whistleblower must consider that the disclosure of the wrong doing is in the pubic interest and is protected by law if the disclosure is with regard to:-
- a criminal offence
- someone’s health and safety is in danger
- risk or actual damage to the environment
- a miscarriage of justice
- the company is breaking the law, for example does not have the right insurance
- the employee believes someone is covering up wrongdoing
An employee can take a case to the Tribunal if he/she is being victimised or suffering from unfair treatment because of blowing the whistle and if the employee is dismissed for reporting unlawful acts at work, he/she can make a claim for unfair dismissal even if the employee has been in the job for less than two years.