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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Trump Administration Halts Retaliation Penalties, Chills Nuclear Whistleblowers

Posted  02/9/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The US Department of Energy—responsible for, among things, the nation’s nuclear security—has frozen an Obama administration regulation that would have permitted civil penalties against federal nuclear contractors that retaliated against whistleblowers for reporting waste, fraud, and dangerous conditions. The original rule was to have taken effect on January 26, 2017. For...

Financial Company HomeStreet Charged With Improper Accounting and Impeding Whistleblowers

Posted  01/20/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The SEC announced that Seattle-based financial services company HomeStreet Inc. has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty to settle charges that it conducted improper hedge accounting and later took steps to prevent potential whistleblowers in violation of SEC Rule 21F-17, which prohibits taking actions to impede communication with the SEC. According to the SEC’s order,...

December 20, 2016

Oklahoma-based oil-and-gas company SandRidge Energy Inc. will pay a $1.4 million penalty, subject to the company’s bankruptcy plan, to settle charges that it used illegal separation agreements and retaliated against a whistleblower who expressed concerns internally about how its reserves were being calculated.  The SEC’s order found that SandRidge regularly used restrictive language in its separation agreements that purported to prohibit outgoing employees from participating in any government investigation or disclosing information potentially harmful or embarrassing to the company.  The SEC’s order further found that SandRidge fired an internal whistleblower who kept raising concerns about the process used by SandRidge to calculate its publicly reported oil-and-gas reserves.  SEC

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