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Examples of whistleblowing.
Some examples of where an employee can whistleblow are as follows:
An employee at a construction company has been regularly fly-tipping their waste on roadsides and rivers to save time. Some of this waste contains very harmful materials such as asbestos which is damaging to the environment.
A local restaurant has been falsifying company invoices to launder money that has come from illegal activities.
A commercial airline company has been purchasing cheap old planes to maximise profit margins. However, some of the planes are producing faults that are sparking safety concerns.
How can I report any wrongdoings?
If you want to report any wrongdoing, you can tell your employer about your concerns. However, in some cases, your employer may not take your matter seriously, or the misconduct may continue. In that case, it’s best to contact a solicitor to discuss your options in bringing your claim forward.
You can also report wrongdoings anonymously. However, suppose you were to report any wrongdoing anonymously. In that case, you run the risk of your claim not being taken any further in circumstances where you fail to provide all the necessary information.
Furthermore, reporting wrongdoing anonymously makes it difficult for the whistleblowing policy to protect you. When an accusation is anonymous, it’s hard to prove that you’ve been dismissed or victimised because of reporting the behaviour.
If you’re concerned about the consequences of whistleblowing, don’t worry. Whistleblowers are protected by the law, meaning you can’t be dismissed from your job or mistreated for ‘blowing the whistle’. This policy is in place to encourage employees to raise any serious concerns about a company.
However, to be protected, you must be one of the following:
- An employee, such as an office worker or factory worker
- A trainee, such as a student
- A Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) member. An LLP is a partnership in which some or all partners have limited liabilities
- An agency worker