Specific legislation aimed at protecting whistleblowers is non-existent in Denmark. The concept of whistleblowing is said to be a “very unfamiliar method of revealing fraud”1. The degree of protections granted to a whistleblower in Denmark is close to nothing, mainly due to two factors: first, the duty of loyalty considered a major principle governing employment relationships in Denmark; and second, the limited rights employees posess when dismissed without cause, which consist in small amount of damges and scarce chance of reinstament.[…]
Legislation particularly aimed at protecting whistleblowers is non-existent in Denmark. Therefore, one must seek guidance in various statutory provisions.
In Denmark, the concept of whistleblowing is said to be “a very unfamiliar method of revealing fraud”.1 This presumption reveals itself to be quite accurate, given the degree of protection whistleblowers are granted (close to nothing). This is mainly due to two factors: first, the duty of loyalty; and second, the limited rights employees possess when dismissed without cause (small amount of damages, scarce chance of reinstatement).
In order to create an accessible overview, the following report is divided into six main sections; the duty of loyalty, the protection for whistleblowers in various statutory provisions (divided into different sectors for public and private employees), journalistic context, case law, the Data Protection Agency, and a concluding identification of the gaps in Danish legislation regarding whistleblowers’ protection.[…]