You are entitled to whistleblowing protection if you report certain types of wrongdoing within your workplace. The disclosure of the wrongdoing must be made in the public interest. As a whistleblower you are protected from dismissal and may claim unfair dismissal if you are dismissed or suffer any detriment because of whistleblowing.
If your employer selects you for redundancy, this is also automatically considered ‘unfair’ if it is fully or partly due to a qualifying disclosure of information.
Examples of qualifying disclosures of information:
- 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 hide any of the above.
For the above to qualify as whistleblowing, you must reasonably believe that one or more of the above matters is either currently happening, has taken place, or is likely to take place in the future.
A disclosure of the wrongdoing should be made to your employer first. If this is not possible, then you should contact a prescribed person or body.
For a list of prescribed persons and bodies, please use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/blowing-the-whistle-list-of-prescribed-people-and-bodies–2
If you need help with any of the above or believe you are suffering a detriment due to having made a protected disclosure, we would be happy to help at Thrive Law.