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Published by: Alec Colson

Is a Complaint about a Private Workplace Dispute Whistleblowing?

Update - Whistleblowing in the workplace

The Court of Appeal in the case of Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed (the Chesterton case) has concluded that matters which are in the worker’s private interests does not prevent the matter also being in the public interest. As a result employers should consider whether complaints made by employees about a private workplace matter are also protected disclosures (“whistleblowing”).

 

What is Whistleblowing?

“Whistleblowing” is the common term given to a situation where an employee makes a what is known legally as a “protected disclosure”

A protected disclosure is made where a worker discloses information about an organisation which is made in the public interest for example, breach of a legal obligation, criminal offences, concerns about health and safety practices.  Workers who “blow the whistle”  have, in certain circumstances, a right not to be dismissed or subjected to any other detriment as a result. But when is a complaint about a private workplace dispute whisteblowing? Click here to read more.