Whistleblower Law Blog

FRSA Whistleblower Scores Win Despite Possible Wrongdoing

March 29, 2016
The following scenario should be familiar to railroad employees: An employee sustains a workplace injury; the employee reports the workplace injury to the railroad; the railroad conducts an investigation into the injury; the railroad concludes that the employee’s statements about the injury are false or misleading; and the...

How to Prove Causation in a Whistleblower Termination Claim

March 24, 2016
When an employee reports wrongdoing to her employer, it is only natural for her to fear what the consequences of that reporting might be. Employees are protected from whistleblower retaliation under a number of federal and state laws covering a wide range of subject matters: reporting violations of workplace safety law under...

How to Tell if You're a Victim of Workplace Retaliation

March 22, 2016
Most whistleblower accounts start out the same. You are working for a company, anywhere from the mail room to an executive position, and you notice employment practices that aren’t quite right. Many employees might turn the other way, but you decide to raise it with someone. You may go to your supervisor or even to a federal...

OSHA Backs Employee in Whistleblower Fight with Lear Corp.

March 17, 2016
In an unexpected policy shift that should encourage whistleblowers and those concerned about workplace safety, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has begun aggressively pursuing lawsuits under a whistleblower protection statute that had lain largely dormant for years. Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“...

Monetary Sanctions and Award Percentage: Understanding the CFTC Whistleblower Program

March 16, 2016
As you know from our discussion last week that outlined the aims of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Whistleblower Program, the 2012 initiative promises to pay CFTC whistleblowers 10% to 30% of monetary sanctions over $1 million should they provide information that leads to a successful enforcement action....

Transportation Whistleblower Awarded Payment under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982

March 10, 2016
On March 3, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Jake Rieger Farms LLC to pay $55,000 in wages and damages for terminating a truck driver who refused to violate state law. An Iowan truck driver was operating a Jake Rieger semi-truck in January 2015 when he was ticketed by commercial motor...

What to Do If You're a Whistleblower Facing Workplace Retaliation

March 8, 2016
You’ve had a great track record for years. You’ve been in the fast lane, earning great reviews and promotions, and, most importantly, getting the job done. But recently something wasn’t right, and you spoke up. Perhaps you spoke up to your supervisor or even went to a government agency to report discrimination, fraud, a danger...

An Introduction to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Whistleblower Program

March 4, 2016
For the time being, it might be helpful to think of the Commodity Future Trading Commission’s whistleblower reward program as the younger sibling of the more well-known SEC Whistleblower Program.  Like the SEC program, the CFTC Whistleblower Program aims at ferreting out abuses and violations regarding the financial system...

Why Every Whistleblower Needs to Understand the 'Reasonable Belief' Standard

March 3, 2016
Whistleblower retaliation provisions in federal and state law are essential protections for employees who observe and want to bring to light wrongdoing on the part of their employers. Many of these whistleblower laws, including the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21) and the Sarbanes-...

DOL and DOJ Team Up to Crack Down on Violations of Health and Safety

March 1, 2016
When whistleblowers report unlawful conduct in the workplace to management or regulators, they often face serious negative consequences to their careers and reputations. Employees who take these risks by refusing to ignore or participate in wrongdoing usually do so to prevent serious harm to their company, coworkers or fellow...

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