What is a whistle-blower?
A person who informs on a person or organisation who are perceived to be engaging in an unlawful or immoral activity. What does the legislation say is whistle-blowing?You are a whistle-blower if you are a worker and you report certain types of wrongdoing. The wrongdoing must be in the public interest - that means it must affect others. As a whistle-blower you’re protected by law - you should not be treated unfairly or lose your job because you ‘blow the whistle’.
Who can claim whistle-blower status?
- ■ An employee
- ■ A trainee
- ■ An agency worker
- ■ A member of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
A whistleblower is protected by law if you report any of the following:
- ■ A criminal offence, i.e. fraud
- ■ 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
- ■ You believe someone is covering up wrongdoing
Download supporting literature here:
■ MannBenham - Whistle Blowing
■ MannBenham - Whistle Blowing and Personal Liability