You’re a whistle-blower if you’re a worker and you report certain types of wrong doing, usually something that’s happened at work, although not always.The wrong doing you disclose must be in the public interest, meaning it must affect others, e.g. the general public.
You can raise your concern at any time, about an incident that happened in the past, is happening now, or you believe will happen in the near future.
As a whistle-blower you’re protected by law. You shouldn’t be treated unfairly or lose your job because you ‘blow the whistle’.
Examples of when you’d ‘blow the whistle’ would include the following:
- a criminal offence, e.g. 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, e.g. doesn’t have the right insurance
- you believe someone is covering up wrongdoing.
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