The term ‘whistleblowing’ (also known as ‘making a protected disclosure’) essentially means the ability for you, as an employee, to report concerns about illegal, unethical or otherwise unacceptable conduct in the workplace – without being treated unfairly for doing so. The ‘malpractice’ in question needs to be a matter of public interest, such as a breach of a legal obligation. An example would be if you knew of a specific health and safety risk within your organisation and reported it (either directly to your employer or to an appropriate authority).
It is unlawful for you to be dismissed, or subjected to any detriment (i.e. less favourable treatment while at work) for having made a protected disclosure. The legal protection is given as it is in the public interest that you ‘blow the whistle’ and there is therefore no minimum period of service with your employer you need to reach before you are protected.
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