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To ask if you have been a whistleblower how were you treated?

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Jakeyboy1 Thu 18-May-17 23:21:23

Have watched two things this week where people who were whistleblowers or stuck their neck out to "do the right thing" were ignored/ not rewarded / punished / sacked.

I am referring to:

1 - the policeman in Little Boy Blue who stuck his next out to get multiple convictions then wasn't given a permanent superintendent role and subsequently resigned

2 - the sexual health worker in 3 girls (the Rochdale abuse story) who worked tirelessly to try and get police and social workers to listen to the girls and collated all the evidence for the police to be taken off child abuse cases then made redundant. Plus the Female Detective played by Lesley Sharp who was sticking up for victims and trying to reopen old cases.

I know these were dramatised to some degree but the fact remains surely these are the sort of people we want in these roles? Do we really live in a society that can't be challenged when things go wrong?

Why would anyone be a whistleblower if this is what you get? Have you done it and what happened? I did it on a minor issue at work (someone overcharging us £20k for something) and people didn't want to know. Clearly not in the same league but I think the reactions I experienced were very similar. Why do people not stand up against what is clearly wrong?

rightknockered Thu 18-May-17 23:36:47

I once tore apart a London university's admission procedure and course place allocations to uncover hidden racism and misogyny. I didn't set out to do that and was shocked by my findings. The dean and committee tried to remove me from my position. I left soon afterwards.

Sprinklestar Thu 18-May-17 23:42:25

I've raised legitimate concerns and have found it hasn't done me any favours. I'm still guided by my own moral compass though. People generally know right from wrong and time often brings to light incompetence (arguably too late).

Re Three Girls. I grew up in West Yorkshire and that programme doesn't show the half of it. It was well known about locally. No one in power can say they didn't know. They did and chose to ignore it. Shame on them.

GiraffeorOcelot Thu 18-May-17 23:43:24

Yes and I was "made redundant" after many years service and the person involved had no action taken despite only being with the organisation less than a year (very senior).

About a year later they were caught doing the thing I had alleged and were sacked. I was never told this officially though.

TuftyFinchy Thu 18-May-17 23:51:21

My friend was a whistleblower for what was a nationwide scandal, she was slaughtered in court, lost her job and now struggles to live or get a new job.
She's been interviewed by national press and is very credible but it's all been down played and the scandal continues.
She did it because she has a conscience but it was tall poppy syndrome and her life and that of her children and family is forever in the shadow and financial debt of her doing the right thing.

thingscanonlygetbetterrrr Thu 18-May-17 23:54:15

Yes, it's incredibly hard and you have to resign yourself to potentially being out of work as a result. I didn't lose my job but they found another way to punish me, so much so I left.

socialengineering Fri 19-May-17 00:15:09

I have, I left shortly after. The director wouldn't even look at me in my last day let alone say goodbye,

CrazedZombie Fri 19-May-17 00:28:49

This will probably be deleted and is no where in the league of the stories so far but anyway...

There was a woman on MN who wrote a negative Trip Advisor review about a place. The establishment told her to take it down via a lawyer. Today, the Daily Mail has posted her story despite being told not to publish the story.

Welshmaenad Fri 19-May-17 00:32:17

I did do after leaving a post. Another colleague, without any knowledge of my disclosure, also did do. We were both betrayed by the person we confided in and our names were given to the organisation.

My colleague was taken through a disciplinary. On a 52 page document, every time her name was mentioned, mine was beside it, despite me having left before disclosing. It was like they wanted to put me through disciplinary by proxy, it was laughable.

I would still do it again. It was the right thing. I was lucky it did not affect my career.

tickwhitetick Fri 19-May-17 00:37:03

crazed what's that got to do with whistleblowing confused

GabsAlot Fri 19-May-17 00:48:36

i watched both programs i do agree although little boy blue wasnt whislteblowing i felt for the det. as if he hadnt pushed for certain things the case wouldnt have go to court

what happened to u all is shocking and disgusting but without you wold the truth ever come out

pringlecat Fri 19-May-17 00:57:16

Badly. In my experience, once you stand up for the right thing, you mark your cards with an organisation and one way or another, you'll be out the door. However, I stand by the whistleblowing and I would do it again.

I may have limited my career from time to time by doing the right thing but frankly, I don't care. I can live with my choices. I couldn't have lived with letting certain things go unnoticed!

Spuddington Fri 19-May-17 01:15:22

Tomorrow I'm going to drop manager in it for lack of a better term. Unfair practices, theft from the company (stock) and treating good employees abusively. I don't just mean a little nasty, I mean starting a group WhatsApp to write nasty little messages about employees.

However I'm also handing in my notice. I'm probably going to look like a disgruntled ex employee but I don't see how I could keep working there.

wonderingsoul Fri 19-May-17 06:10:32

A friend at work whistle blew a safe guardijg issues.. a small one but one non the lesss.The issue was delt with and the persons in questions got talked to. But the boss also told them who is was that grassed them up.

Its not made for nice atsmosphere and its like my friend is being punished.

user46384885 Fri 19-May-17 06:33:28

I've sort of done it due to bullying in the work place before. The bully was put through a disciplinary investigation but essentially not a lot had changed. She's up to her old tricks again as we speak and I'm currently hiding my time to drop her in it again. Nasty bastard who deserves to be sacked.

user46384885 Fri 19-May-17 06:33:58

Sorry forgot to mention I was lucky I was believed by management so I was not a focus of any treatment by them.

Jakeyboy1 Fri 19-May-17 06:58:10

Depressing reading. sad

orangeflower11 Fri 19-May-17 06:59:12

I forget her name but the woman who uncovered abuse at the children's homes in north Wales was treated abysmally too.

orangeflower11 Fri 19-May-17 07:00:02

Alison Taylor.

Toysaurus Fri 19-May-17 07:25:14

Yes, I did about something I can't talk about on here. But I had no negative comeback and the situation was handled brilliantly. It was very worrying because I had hardly been in the 'lowly' by comparison job and didn't think I would be believed.

mimishimmi Mon 22-May-17 01:20:06


Terfing Mon 22-May-17 01:51:33

I believe that the potential whistle blowers in the Jimmy Saville case were sacked too! sad

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