Whistleblower Law Blog

Compliance Firm Finds Increase in Reports of Employment Retaliation

April 20, 2015
NAVEX Global, the compliance software firm, issued a report last month regarding the status of workplace retaliation in 2014.  According to NAVEX, the five-year trend in rising volume of reports of employee retaliation continued in 2014, finding an increase in reporting of over 44% between 2010 and 2014.  Companies in...

Fraud Reporting and Whistleblower Retaliation on the Rise, Report Finds

October 3, 2014
Fraud complaints rose in 2013, as did instances of whistleblower retaliation, according to the 2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report prepared by The Network, a provider of risk and compliance solutions for companies.   The report found that between 2012 and 2013,...

NWLC Files Lawsuits Alleging Discriminatory Insurance Practices Violate ACA

June 10, 2013
The first lawsuits filed under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) were filed last week alleging that an employer’s insurance policies were in violation of the ACA. According to a press release issued by the National Women’s Law Center (“NWLC”), the preeminent women’s advocacy group in the United States, the group lodged formal...

SCOTUS to Address SOX Whistleblower Protections for Contractors

May 22, 2013
On May 20, 2013, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to plaintiffs Jackie Lawson and Jonathan Zang in their whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against their former employer, Fidelity Investments. The Court agreed to consider the following issue: “whether an employee of a privately held contractor or subcontractor...

New York Court Adopts Inclusive Definition of Protected Whistleblower Activity

May 21, 2013
On May 1, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) joined a growing number of courts across the country in liberalizing the requirements for a whistleblower’s communications to constitute “protected activity” under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”). In Leshinsky v. Telvent GIT, S.A., et...

Playboy Financial Whistleblower Allowed to Proceed with SOX Claim

May 16, 2013
Catherine Zulfer, a former employee of Playboy Enterprises, will be allowed to proceed with her case against Playboy alleging that the company violated the whistleblower-protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) when it retaliated against her for refusing to participate in, and ultimately reporting, what...

Former OSC Chief Scott Bloch Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

February 18, 2013
Late last year, federal employees, government whistleblowers, and advocates for LGBT equality cheered when Scott Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”), a federal agency, was charged with destruction of government property. Mr. Bloch is the subject of a longstanding investigation by the Office of...

FEMA Director Identified in Gallup Whistleblower Complaint Pleads Guilty

January 24, 2013
Katz, Marshall & Banks client Michael Lindley, a former Gallup employee who was terminated after he blew the whistle on the company for allegedly fraudulently pursuing government contracts, received some more good news last week.  According to Bloomberg News, Timothy Cannon, the former director of the human capital...

Federal Government Contractors Set For Significant Expansion of Whistleblower Rights in NDAA 2013

December 28, 2012
Federal contractor whistleblower rights are set for a significant expansion after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (“2013 NDAA”) on December 21, 2013, which contains important whistleblower protection provisions.  The bill has now passed both Houses of Congress and is awaiting President...

SOX Whistleblowing Complaints Given Narrow Definition by New York Court

December 28, 2012
Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblowers were dealt a setback earlier this month by the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dealt in the case of Nielsen v. AECOM Technology Corp., et al. The decision was significant because the Court applied the standard that has been adopted by the 2nd, 5th and 6th...

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