Rules of engagement for whistle-blowing

Companies should provide clear instructions on how employees can submit sensitive feedback, such as providing specific e-mails or telephone numbers to call. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PEXELS
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The pen may be mightier than the sword, but this does not extend to malicious people who write “poison pen” e-mails to malign others.

A High Court ruling in 2022, which ordered a whistle-blower to pay $50,000 to a former senior colleague over e-mails sent to the firm’s boss that contained unproven and defamatory allegations, should serve as a cautionary tale.

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