The EAT has held that an alleged ‘whistleblowing’ disclosure was not made in the public interest and did not therefore entitle the Claimant to bring a claim for automatic unfair dismissal.
The Claimant was a non-practising barrister working for Airbus. She made a number of disclosures to Airbus and was later dismissed.
The EAT agreed with the Tribunal that the Claimant only had her own self-interest in mind when making the disclosure. It also held that the Claimant had no belief that the disclosures were made in the public interest on the facts.
The fact that the disclosures could have ‘hypothetically’ been made in the public interest did not assist the Claimant if the disclosures were, in fact, not made for that purpose.