Whistle blowing is disclosure of any wrong doings in an organization by its employee. The concern reported can be of a crime, violation of a law, fraud, dangers to health or safety of the employees or safety of the environment or corruption. It can cover any of the above issue or anything else of serious nature also. A Whistleblower is the person who raises an alarm of any such misconduct. Whistleblowers can report either internally, within the organization or externally to the concerned authorities. The external authorities can be social groups, media or law regulators. In case one desires to report any misconduct, he should be well versed with the whistle blowing policy. As responsible citizens and employees it is our duty to keep a vigilant eye over any illegal or improper practices in the organization and report to suitable authorities.
The various concerns covered by whistle blowing policy are:
- Reporting of any unlawful conduct
- Reporting of any health or safety risks for the general public or co-employees.
- Any threat to the environment.
- Misappropriation of funds.
- Any sort of physical or sexual abuse.
- Fraud or corruption.
However noble whistle blowing may happen when a whistleblower is exposed to threats of opposition from both the employees and employer. Many employers do not appreciate the wrong doing in the house exposed outside and therefore penalize the whistleblower by proving it a mal intention. The business heads expect their employees to keep quiet about malpractices prevalent in their organization. In such cases a whistleblower might face serious reprisal and threats. They might face demotion or simply get fired on raising issues within an organization. To cater for the safety of whistleblowers and take care of their issues, whistle blowing policies are formulated and established. The purpose of the whistle blowing solicitors is to generate confidence into whistleblowers and act on their complaints. Legal protection is offered by the state to the whistleblowers but the law varies from country to country. Many countries have adopted detailed whistleblower protection laws which have helped them to device mechanism for reporting and providing legal protection. These laws protect whistleblower from discharge or any kind of discrimination.
In UK, a Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) was established in 1998. This act outlined a model in which an individual can safely disclose any wrong doings or make disclosures which are in public interest. And for doing so he is provided protection from any sort of victimization. A whistleblower raising any issue under protection from PIDA is provided lawful protection and legal assistance by the whistle blowing solicitor. Therefore employees have legal right to deny any detriment which occurs to them due to any act of whistle blowing and report it legally against discrimination. So if you have faced or even noticed any such actions against a whistleblower, to seek an employment compensation claim then, solicitor is the right person to be in touch with. For any required assistance in this regards the solicitors are available on phone through hotline where you can ask about your whistleblowing claim.