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  • California Company Ordered to Pay $1.9 Million for SOX Whistleblower Retaliation

    A chief financial officer (“CFO”) who was terminated after he blew the whistle on his company’s illegal activity was awarded over $1.9 million by order of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”).  This serves as yet another example of OSHA’s commitment to enforcing…

  • Sen. Grassley Urges IRS Commissioner Nominee to Bolster Ailing Whistleblower Program

    Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to the John Koskinen, nominee for Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), urging him to begin utilizing the IRS whistleblower program to its full capacity in order to produce significant revenue for taxpayers. Sen. Grassley first notes that the IRS whistleblower program, which…

  • Labor Department Seeks Sizable Increase in 2014 Budget for OSHA Whistleblower Programs

    The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has requested a significant increase in its FY 2014 budget  in order to ramp up its enforcement of the many whistleblower protection laws administered by the DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).  In its FY 2014 budget request, the DOL listed as one of…

  • Susan Burke Speaks to New York Times about Naval Academy Assault Case

    Katz, Marshall & Banks Of Counsel Susan L. Burke was quoted in a New York Times article on September 20, 2013, regarding the capacity of military courts to effectively adjudicate sexual assault cases.  At an Article 32 hearing – a unique military procedure that combines a grand jury-type investigatory function…

  • Pan Am Ordered to Pay $50,000 for Retaliating Against Injured Worker

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced on September 3, 2013, that it had ordered Pan Am Railways Inc. to pay $50,000 to an injured worker who the agency determined Pan Am had illegally retaliated against for reporting his injury.  In addition,…

  • Hotel Giant Ordered to Reinstate and Pay $325,000 in Backpay to SOX Whistleblower

    MGM International was ordered to reinstate a whistleblower who alleged that he was terminated in violation of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) on September 5, 2013, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”).  OSHA also ordered MGM…

  • Whistleblower, Allegedly Deployed in Retaliation, Allowed to Continue Lawsuit

    Whistleblower Mike Elder was allowed to continue with his case alleging that DRS Technologies, Inc. (“DRS”), illegally retaliated against him in violation of the False Claims Act’s (“FCA”) anti-retaliation provision following a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denying DRS’s motion to dismiss the…

  • Decrease in Workplace Injury Reporting May Be Linked to Retaliation

    Retaliation against workers for reporting workplace injuries may be on the rise, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.  We have documented this trend repeatedly on this blog, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has held employers accountable for…

  • Consumer Finance Whistleblowers May Seek Dodd-Frank Protections

    While there has been a good deal of discussion about the increased protections provided by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to whistleblowers who provide information about securities violations, the Act’s protections for employees working in businesses that sell or process consumer financial products, including the debt-collection…

  • Nuclear Whistleblower Raises Questions About “Rehabilitated” Plant

    Nuclear whistleblower Joni Johnson, an engineer formerly employed by the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama, made a surprise appearance at a public meeting hosted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”) at the Calhoun Community College near Huntsville, Alabama.  According to the Athens News-Courier, NRC officials at the…