Tag Archives: Whistleblower retaliation

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement and $5.4 Million in Damages

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement and $5.4 Million in DamagesOn April 3, 2017, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Wells Fargo to reinstate a former bank manager who blew the whistle on fraudulent behavior at the bank.  The whistleblower, who’s name was not released, reported the fraud to both supervisors and the company’s ethics hotline.… Continue Reading

GAO Finds That Pilot Government Contractor Whistleblower Program A “Complete Failure”

GAO Finds That Pilot Government Contractor Whistleblower Program A “Complete Failure” Agency Inspector Generals Failed to Rule In Favor of Whistleblowers In Any CasesAgency Inspector Generals Failed to Rule In Favor of Whistleblowers In Any Cases Washington, D.C.  March 3, 2017. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report to Congressional Committees yesterday on the Government Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (pilot program). The pilot program was established under the National Defense Authorization Act 2013 (the Act). … Continue Reading

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower LawWashington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), issued a press release yesterday reminding federal agencies and the federal work force of the rights afforded to whistleblowers under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). OSC is an independent watchdog agency that protects federal employees from unauthorized personnel practices in government.… Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblowers Ask Federal Circuit to Uphold Whistleblower Protections for FBI Employees

FBI WhistleblowersOctober 6, 2016. Washington, D.C. Monday, the National Whistleblower Center and FBI whistleblowers Fred Whitehurst, Jane Turner, Mike German and Robert Kobus (Amici) filed an amicus curiae brief in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief was filed in Parkinson v. Department of Justice in support of John C. … Continue Reading

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Cases Will Get Second Look

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Cases Will Get Second LookWashington, D.C. September 28, 2016. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez vowed a “Top-to-Bottom” review of whistleblower complaints filed by Wells Fargo employees over the last six years. Sec. Perez made this promise in response to a request last week by several Senators, including Senator Elisabeth Warren, for the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate … Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE Whistleblowers

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE WhistleblowersIn July 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported the the Department of Energy (DOE) has done little to stop retaliation and intimidation against whistleblowers by its contractors. On Monday, in response to the GAO Report, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation to expand protections for whistleblowers at … Continue Reading

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board July 2016

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review BoardThe Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection.  The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from July 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter:… Continue Reading

New OSHA Guidance Clarifies Impermissible Restrictions On Whistleblowing

OSHAThe OSHA Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs issued new policy guidance on the criteria it uses to ensure settlement agreements do not impermissibly restrict or discourage whistleblowing. The new policy guidelines, issued August 23, 2016, state that OSHA will not approve settlements that contain “gag” clauses that restrict or discourage whistleblowing. Such clauses are often … Continue Reading

SEC Fines Company for Whistleblower Protection Violations

President Obama’s Whistleblower LegacyWashington D.C., Aug. 10, 2016 —The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that an Atlanta-based building products distributor is settling charges that it violated securities laws by using severance agreements that required outgoing employees to waive their rights to monetary recovery should they file a charge or complaint with the SEC or other federal agencies.… Continue Reading

Horizon Lines Whistleblower Captain Receives Million Dollar Award

Punitive damages awarded for “reprehensible conduct” On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $1million to former Horizon Lines Captain John Loftus. Loftus was fired in 2013 for reporting to regulators what he believed to be safety violations on the ship he sailed as Master. Loftus was removed from his post … Continue Reading

SEC Awards Whistleblower $600,000 in First Retaliation Case

Whistleblower RetaliationOn April 28, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced an award to a whistleblower of $600,000. The whistleblower was given the award for providing key original information that led to a successful enforcement action in connection with In the Matter of Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. and Candace King Weir, File No. 3-15930 (June 16, … Continue Reading

Kohn’s WSJ Op-Ed Explains Why SEC’s Enforcement Action Is Good For Investors

Stephen M. Kohn, whistleblower attorneyToday the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partner Stephen M. Kohn in which he discusses why the SEC’s recent Enforcement Action against KBR sets a good precedent. Kohn’s Op-Ed is in response to an April 6, 2015 op-ed by Eugene Scalia that attacks the SEC’s action. Read Mr. Kohn’s op-ed: … Continue Reading