If you are dismissed because you, ‘blew the whistle’ on an issue at your place of work, the dismissal is classed as automatically unfair and you will be entitled to damages.
Whistleblowing is a term used for publically raising concerns about wrongdoing in a workplace. There are many famous cases of whistle-blowing, including Wiki-leaks founder, Julian Assange and Jeffrey Wigand, the former vice president at Brown & Williamson who sensationally claimed that the cigarette company intentionally manipulated its tobacco blend to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarette smoke.
No, only disclosures deemed to be in the public interest.
The whistleblowing must be related to a ‘qualifying disclosure’, in relation to:
If you make an allegation, you will not be protected; for it to count as whistleblowing, it must be a ‘protected disclosure’.
Any whistleblowing claim must have as its foundation a 'protected disclosure'. This is:
To prove that you were dismissed for blowing the whistle, you will need to show the Employment Tribunal that:
If you are successful in making a claim for unfair dismissal following a whistleblowing incident, then you will be entitled to any of the remedies available in a claim involving unfair dismissal including:
If you have been dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer, you need to seek the advice of an expert employment solicitor who will help you make a claim in the Employment Tribunal.