European Employment Law Cases

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2019/38 Liability of overseas co-workers for whistleblowing detriment (UK)

Keywords Miscellaneous
Authors Richard Lister
Author's information

353707 Richard Lister
Richard Lister is a Managing Practice Development Lawyer at Lewis Silkin LLP.
  • Abstract

      This was a case alleging detrimental treatment for whistleblowing brought by an employee working outside the UK against two co-workers also working abroad in the same location. The Court of Appeal (CA) ruled that there was no jurisdiction for the Employment Tribunal (ET) to hear the claim in relation to personal liability of the co-workers because they were outside the scope of UK employment law. The CA’s judgment potentially has implications for other types of claim brought by UK employees posted abroad where similar personal liability provisions apply, such as discrimination and harassment.

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