Define: Whistleblower

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Definition: Whistleblower

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A Whistleblower is a person (typically an employee) who reveals evidence of wrongdoing or malpractice within a company or organisation.

Within the UK, this practice is officially termed – making a disclosure to the public interest.

A disclosure may be made to various parties; including an authorised person within the company; an authority outside the company; or in some instances the media.

Employees have legal protection (in most but not all jurisdictions) from dismissal coming about as a direct result of whistle-blowing; particularly in instances where the company’s actions endangers others, harms the environment or breaks the law.

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