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Employees 'are too afraid' to blow the whistle on bosses

By Tom White

Published 10/09/2015

The number of people willing to blow the whistle shot up to 67% if they were able to do so anonymously
The number of people willing to blow the whistle shot up to 67% if they were able to do so anonymously

A third of UK workers would be afraid to reveal illegal or dangerous practices by their employer, a survey has claimed.

The main reasons given were a fear of losing their job, the impact it would have on their career and how they would be treated by colleagues.

However, the number of people willing to blow the whistle shot up to 67% if they were able to do so anonymously. The survey of 2,000 people, conducted by law specialists Slater and Gordon, also revealed some of the things the responders had reported.

These included train drivers smoking cannabis at work, a doctor secretly filming patients and the forging of court documents.

Samantha Mangwana, of Slater and Gordon, said: "It is alarming that a third of people are scared to come forward and expose even the most serious wrongdoing at work because they are concerned about the repercussions on themselves.

"The fact that a large percentage of people said they wouldn't speak out even if they saw the law broken illustrates just how worried people are about what will happen to them if they do."

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