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Whistleblower Protection Laws

This archive displays posts tagged as relevant to laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation, but do not include whistleblower reward provisions. You may also be interested in the following pages:

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Question of the Week — Is Omarosa Manigault Newman a Whistleblower?

Posted  08/15/18
Whistleblower
Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman released her new tell-all book "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House" this week. A TIME magazine article discusses Ms. Manigault Newman’s revelations that she secretly recorded conversations with White House personnel including President Trump and his Chief of Staff John Kelly. In a recent interview on NBC’s "Today", Ms. Manigault Newman indicated that "[t]here's a lot of very corrupt things happening...

Whistleblowers at the SEC Office of the Inspector General Allege Retaliation

Posted  11/13/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Wall Street Journal reports on employees within the SEC inspector general’s office alleging retaliation for pointing out misconduct within the office. At least two employees who work for Carl Hoecker, the current Inspector General at the SEC, filed complaints with different federal whistleblower agencies. The complaints allege that the whistleblower employees brought forth information of potential time and attendance fraud by a supervisor...

SEC Supreme Court Amicus Brief Filed in Support of Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provisions Under Dodd-Frank

Posted  10/26/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team An article from Law360 discusses the SEC’s position on the anti-retaliation provisions in Dodd-Frank based on an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court. The case involves whistleblower Paul Somers, a former employee of Digital Realty Trust Inc., who sought to take advantage of Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions even though he did not report the alleged securities violations by Digital Realty to the SEC until...

House of Representatives to Take Up Whistleblower Protection Act This Week

Posted  10/9/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 moves to the House of Representatives after being passed by the Senate in May. The House Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday October 10th to discuss the bill. The bill creates further protections for certain federal government whistleblowers. President Trump first took action in this area in with an Executive Order on...

House of Representatives to Takes Up Whistleblower Protection Act This Week

Posted  10/9/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 moves to the House of Representatives after being passed by the Senate in May. The House Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday October 10th to discuss the bill. The bill creates further protections for certain federal government whistleblowers. President Trump first took action in this area in with an Executive Order on...

Grassley, Leahy press Justice Department on 'Whistleblower' Protections

Posted  09/22/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Patrick Leahy on Wednesday pressed the Justice Department on its progress implementing whistleblower protections at the FBI. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Grassley and Leahy outline a series of concerns about whistleblower protections that have gone unaddressed despite government reports drawing attention to these problems and recommending changes.  The Justice Department’s own report...

Wells Fargo to Fight OSHA Order to Pay and Reinstate Whistleblower

Posted  04/6/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Wells Fargo will appeal an OSHA order issued earlier this week in which the agency ordered Wells Fargo to pay a former manager-turned-whistleblower a $5.4 million reward and reinstate him at the company. Wells Fargo terminated the whistleblower in 2010 after he reported problems to both his superiors and a banking ethics hotline, was given 90 days to find a new job in the...

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins $5.4 Million and His Job Back

Posted  04/4/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team A federal regulator on Monday ordered Wells Fargo to pay $5.4 million to a former manager who said he was fired in 2010 after reporting to his supervisors and to a bank ethics hotline what he suspected was fraudulent behavior. The bank must also rehire him, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. OSHA concluded that the manager was "abruptly" forced to...

January 17, 2017

New York-based asset manager BlackRock Inc. will pay a $340,000 penalty to settle charges that it improperly used separation agreements in which exiting employees were forced to waive their ability to obtain whistleblower awards.  According to the SEC’s order, more than 1,000 departing BlackRock employees signed separation agreements containing violative language stating that they “waive any right to recovery of incentives for reporting of misconduct.”  BlackRock added the waiver provision in October 2011 after the SEC adopted its whistleblower program rules, and the firm continued using it in separation agreements until March 2016.  SEC
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