The EAT has confirmed that the protection provided by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 to employees who disclose information about their employer’s conduct extends to agency workers working through a limited company.

The EAT ruled that it is necessary to adopt a purposive approach. In this case a worker supplied his services through a limited company which was then engaged by an agency for an end-user. The EAT held the individual fell within the ‘worker’ category and so was protected by the whistleblowing legislation.

Croke v Hydro Aluminium Worcester Ltd