UK Accounting Glossary
A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organisation that is either private or public.
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.
The whistleblower was fired for exposing poor working conditions in hospitals across the country.
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This glossary post was last updated: 29th January 2019.