Public Interest Disclosure and Whistle Blowing
The Public Interest Disclosure Act provide legal protection for employees in certain circumstances when they disclose information relating to their employer in order to expose malpractice or similar matters. In short, it is designed to protect whistleblowers from victimisation and dismissal.
The Act covers employees raising matters of 'genuine concerns about crime, civil offences (including negligence, breach of contract, breach of administrative law), miscarriage of justice, danger to health and safety or the environment and the cover up of any of these'.
Employees who are fired or face victimisation as a result of making a protected disclosure can bring a claim in an employment tribunal. Where a claim is successful, a tribunal can order unlimited financial compensation.