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  • Trucking Company Ordered to Pay $100k for Blacklisting Injured Driver

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) ordered a Missouri trucking company to pay over $100,000 to a New Jersey driver who had been “blacklisted” in retaliation for seeking medical attention for a work-related injury.  OSHA announced last week that its investigation had…

  • West Virginia Chemical Spill Highlights Importance of Whistleblower Protection Laws

    The dramatic effects of the recent chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia highlight the important role that whistleblowers can play in revealing crucial information to environmental regulators and the public at large.  While we don’t know for certain yet whether or not a whistleblower has come forward with information regarding…

  • Truck Safety Whistleblowers Awarded Over $1 Million in Damages

    Three trucking whistleblowers were reinstated and awarded over $1 million in damages after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) determined that their employer had illegally retaliated against them in violation of the whistleblower protection provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (“STAA”).  The…

  • Trucking Company Faces Punitive Damages For Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Whistleblowers

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) struck a major blow for public safety and truckers’ rights last week when it ordered that Connecticut-based Palumbo Trucking, Inc., withdraw a retaliatory lawsuit it filed against two workers and pay them $60,000 in damages for violating…

  • Survey Finds that Half of Employees Do Not Report Ethical Infractions

    A survey conducted by VitalSmarts found that although 63 percent of employees regularly witness both minor and major ethical infractions, they report only half of that unethical behavior.  The online survey, which gathered information from over 900 participants, found that the range of ethical infractions was broad, including minor violations…

  • Gaming Company IGT Seeks to Overturn $4.6 Million Verdict for SOX Whistleblowers

    In oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in September, International Games Technology (“IGT”) asked the court to overturn a jury award of $4.6 million in favor of two of the company’s former intellectual property (“IP”) attorneys for IGT’s violations of the provision of the…

  • 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…