Identifying when someone has blown the whistle isn’t always easy. In some cases the individual won’t even realise they have done it.
It also isn’t always necessary for the individual to have raised the complaint with you, their employer.
The dismissal of an employee will be automatically unfair if the reason, or principal reason, for their dismissal is that they have made a protected disclosure (commonly referred to as ‘blowing the whistle’). Both employees and workers are protected from being subjected to any detriment on the ground that they have made a protected disclosure.
Importantly, there is no minimum length of service requirement before someone is able to pursue a claim against you: it is a day one right.
Handling whistleblowing claims
It is important that you can identify potential whistleblowing complaints, and that you handle them correctly. Not only can compensation in whistleblowing claims be unlimited, there are reputational as well as other risks to your business.
These situations need to be handled sensitively, quickly and professionally to minimise the exposure to your business. We have extensive experience of managing whistleblowing complaints and Employment Tribunal claims.
If you think someone has blown the whistle call us to find out more about what you need to do.