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Does whistleblowing pay? A case study from the chemical industry

Do employees who blow the whistle on environmental malpractices by their employers have adequate legal protection? The experience of a Suffolk chemical company's director who informed the authorities that it had buried several hundred drums of waste just above an aquifer shows that they do not. The authorities took no action, and he had to fight for three years to obtain compensation from the company - with his family suffering acute stress and financial hardship in the process.

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