Whistle blowing is known as ‘when an employee reports some wrongdoing to people that have the authority to take correct action, the wrongdoing is usually a disobedience of the rules and is a threat to the public interest through fraud, corruptions and so on’.(www.wikipedia.org). The Public Disclosure Act 1998 came into effect in 1998. Employees were hesitant to speak up about wrongdoing because they were afraid that they would not be listened to or that they would be putting their jobs at risk. The Act allows employees to talk about concerns to do with malpractice without having the fear of dismissal from work.
The article ‘a former civil servant was sacked by the home office last week (March 11th 2004)’ states the exposure of duplicity
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For example this was stated in an article ‘Lingard V HM Prison Service’. In the article it was said that a female prison officer reported serious concerns of prisoner’s welfare and was then discriminated and lost her job. Also even though the whistle blower is protected by the law, being protected by the law isn’t that effective. Also if the company is known for its wrongdoings and misconducts the business may then gain a bad reputation and any other investors or stakeholders of that business will also be known of having a bad reputation causing a problem for other businesses also.
In conclusion I think that whistle blowing does have a place in society, considering the advantages and disadvantages. I think this because if an employee blows the whistle they are doing the right thing and have the right intentions in mind. It shows that employee who blows the whistle has good morals and just wants to warn others of wrong doings. Even though a person who blows the whistle has to face his or her consequences, for example by losing their job, they still know they have done a good thing and feel purified by doing it. On the upside it has far reaching consequences which means all the big companies and corporations will be on their toes to ensure that there are no wrong doings and malpractices for the generation to come, it can provide honest and fair working environment for everyone concerned. The whistle blower deserves to be provided for