You may have witnessed something happening in your workplace which you know isn’t right.

Whether speaking up about this would constitute a whistleblowing disclosure depends on two things. The first is whether you reasonably believe that you are acting in the public’s interest in disclosing the matter – that is to say it cannot be a personal grievance that you have with your employer.

The second is that you must reasonably believe that the relevant disclosure reveals a particular wrongdoing, which either constitutes a criminal offence, breach of a legal obligation, endangers somebody’s health or safety, endangers the environment or which seeks to covers up any of these things.

If you make such a disclosure, you are given certain protections by law, allowing you to take your case to an employment tribunal if you feel that you have been victimised at work or lost your job as a result of the disclosure.

How we can help

If you feel you have been victimised at work or dismissed as a result of making a disclosure, or if you believe you have witnessed misconduct in your workplace and you do not know what to do next, please contact our Employment team, and we can discuss your best next steps. We can provide expert, confidential and supportive advice.

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