The legislation on whistleblowing makes it unlawful to dismiss an employee if they report alleged wrong doings to a relevant authority and by following the prescribed procedure.
However reports would suggest that employees face poor treatment by their employers following blowing the whistle. In this case the employee is claiming that he has been harassed, threatened, undermined, belittled, threatened with disciplinary action and made the subject of numerous grievances.
There is of course the other side to this case as well in that it would appear there is evidence to suggest that the council were in fact carrying out land deals that were unethical and potentially unlawful.
We include a Whistleblowing Policy in our staff handbooks; do you have a policy that sets out how you will tackle any such matters in your business?