How is a whistleblower protected by law?. Exposing Misconduct.

How is a whistleblower protected by law?

August 28, 2019

Whistleblowing is when an employee exposes some sort of wrongdoing that they’ve witnessed at their place of employment. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects employees from retaliation they face for being whistleblowers, such as suspension or termination of employment or getting blacklisted in an industry. This is a highly-valued law that has been the focus of movies, TV shows, and other media, and whistleblowers have led to much-needed changes in legislation on a variety of issues. While it feels great to stand up for what you know is right, it can also be frightening and you may feel torn between doing what’s right and keeping your job. Knowing how to protect yourself is key.

What The Law Says

There are two criteria one has to meet in order to qualify for protection under the law – the employee or official must be reporting for the sake of the public’s interest and safety, and they must reasonably believe that one or many of the following happened in the past, present, or are likely to occur in the future:

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