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20% of whistleblowers dismissed for raising COVID-19 concerns

A recent report published by whistleblowing charity Protect, which analysed over 600 calls to its advice line between March and September 2020, reveals that 41% of callers were ignored and 20% were dismissed after raising their concerns related to COVID-19, most of which were about furlough fraud and public safety, particularly in connection with the lack of PPE and provision for social distancing.

Interestingly, managers were more at risk from dismissal, with 32% of managers losing their jobs compared with 21% of non-managers. The data also suggested that small organisations, with one to 49 employees, were more likely to commit furlough fraud (making up 76% of total callers).