10 September 2015
Whistleblowing on Asbestos
It has been reported that Mr Small has been awarded £55,000 in damages after being unfairly dismissed for blowing the whistle on asbestos in Shropshire.
Mr Small raised concerns that building workers from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital were exposed to asbestos while working on residential premises in 2012.
What other reasons do people have for blowing the whistle?
Common Reasons for Whistleblowing
Common reasons for whistleblowing include:
- Exposing illegal business activity;
- Preventing other people from suffering;
- Highlighting health and safety risks;
- Exposing a truth that is of use to the general public;
- To be able to live with their conscience;
- Fear of their employer’s reaction or inaction to raising concerns internally.
Other people are motivated by financial compensation for blowing the whistle. In our recent survey we found that 17% of UK workers would speak out if there was a financial reward and 49% would blow the whistle if they would get compensation if they were to get sacked as a result of whistleblowing.
How Much Compensation Can You Get For Whistleblowing?
If you have been treated unfairly or dismissed for whistleblowing then you have a right to claim compensation. In whistleblowing cases the compensation you receive will depend on how much you have suffered as a result of blowing the whistle, and so often relates to loss of earnings. There is no cap on the financial compensation you could receive although if it is found that your disclosure was not made in good faith then the compensation you receive could be reduced by up to 25%.
Similarly, if you fail to comply with the ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance Procedures then the compensation you receive could be reduced by up to 25%. That is why it is recommended that you get in touch with Whistleblowing Protection Lawyers. They can advise you on the how best to handle your situation, how to disclose information and help you to maximise the protection you have under the law.
You can read the Investigation into Asbestos at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to learn more about Mr Small’s whistleblowing case.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals in whistleblowing cases. To contact us any time 24/7 call freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online. We can provide you with immediate legal representation anywhere in England or Wales.