Barclays Bank CEO has admitted abusing Barclays’ internal procedures to try to unearth an anonymous whistleblower in the organisation – link to the full article here
Whistleblowing is essentially raising a concern about a perceived wrong doing within an organisation. The concern must be a genuine concern about a crime, criminal offence, miscarriage of justice, dangers to health and safety and of the environment and in particular surrounding the cover up of any of these matters. The person that raises the concern is the ‘whistleblower’.
If you see something within your workplace that you believe is negligent, improper or illegal, then you should report this to the relevant person within your organisation.
You should not suffer any detrimental treatment for doing so, as long as you follow the correct processes.
Whistleblowing can only refer to situations that have arisen within a current or ex workplace and is not the same as a complaint. Complaints from customers, clients or service users or their relatives or representatives would not be classed as whistleblowing. These would need to be raised using the organisation’s complaints procedure.
If you have already made a whistleblowing disclosure to your employer or feel you have grounds to raise any concerns with them and would like expert independent advice, contact our employment law team on 01270 212000 or 01270 610300 or contact us via email