As environmental issues become a mainstream concern, and more and more people wish to reduce their own environmental impact in their daily lives, it is not surprising that workers are also becoming increasingly vocal about the same issues in their workplace.

Employees may raise environmental concerns about a whole host of seemingly small issues, for example the use of inefficient incandescent light bulbs in the office or the food-miles in corporate catering. Legal advisers have to appreciate that while such complaints once may have been dismissed as ‘too trivial’, they now may entitle a worker to protection as a whistleblower on environmental damage.

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