How to 'blow the whistle'
The way a worker can 'blow the whistle' on wrongdoing depends on whether they feel they can tell their employer.
- The worker should check their employment contract or ask human resources or personnel if their company has a whistleblowing procedure.
- If they feel they can, they should contact their employer about the issue they want to report.
- If they can't tell their employer, they should contact a prescribed person or body.
A worker can only tell the prescribed person or body if they think their employer:
- will cover it up
- would treat them unfairly if they complained
- hasn't sorted it out and they've already told them
For example, Laura knows the director of her bank is stealing clients' money - she reports it to the Financial Conduct Authority, not her employer.