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Disclosures made purely for self-interest were not protected

Makbool Javaid

Protection against detriment or dismissal for whistleblowing applies where a worker makes a disclosure in the public interest that one or more of six specified wrongdoings has taken place. In Parsons v Airplus International Limited, Parsons (P) was a Legal and Compliance Officer. After warnings about her poor performance were unheeded, she was dismissed six weeks into the role because of a ‘cultural misfit’. The EAT agreed with the ET that she had not been dismissed for whistleblowing. The concerns she had raised about non-compliance were solely made in P’s self-interest, i.e. protecting herself against personal liability, and were not in the wider public interest.  In any event, the reason for P’s dismissal was her inability to explain her concerns, her failure to listen to others, her rudeness and she had “left behind burnt soil pretty much everywhere after only six weeks in the job”.

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