whistleblower
whis·tle·blow·er /'hwi-səl-ˌblō-ər/ n: an employee who brings wrongdoing by an employer or other employees to the attention of a government or law enforcement agency and who is commonly vested by statute with rights and remedies for retaliation compare qui tam action
whis·tle·blow·ing /-iŋ/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

whistleblower
n.
An employee who reports wrongdoing by his or her employer or coworkers.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


whistleblower
a person, usually an employee, who reveals information, which he is contractually obliged to keep secret, because of an overriding public interest. The principle was recently introduced into the UK by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which has, for example, resulted in an accountant who was dismissed for exposing financial irregularities of his manager to the company headquarters in the USA being awarded not that much short of £300,000.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


whistleblower
An employee who raises concerns about misconduct or wrongdoing within the company where the person works.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

whistleblower
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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