Steve Kardell

Steve Kardell

Whistleblower Law for Managers

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SEC Launches Investigation into Employment Contracts that Prevent Whistleblowing

A February 25 article in the Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will begin investigating the kinds of agreements that certain companies make with their employees. The article...more

4/17/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Enforcement Actions Non-Disclosure Agreement SEC

U.S. Department of Labor Hands Down Final Ruling on SOX Whistleblower Processes

On March 5, the U.S. Department of Labor gave its Final Rule in a case dealing with the types of procedures that govern the handling of retaliation complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The Final Rule indicates that...more

4/14/2015 - DOL Final Rules OSHA Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers

Is Asking Employees to Do a Small Amount of Work During FMLA Leave a Form of Interference?

There’s an interesting story that’s been in the news recently regarding what the limitations are for employers when their employees go on FMLA leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees who meet certain...more

4/10/2015 - Employer Liability Issues FMLA Interference Claims

Southwest Airlines Reaches Settlement in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A Southwest Airlines employee claims that he was retaliated against for uncovering and reporting two cracks while investigating the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700 during his regular maintenance checks. Now, Southwest has agreed...more

4/7/2015 - Airlines Employer Liability Issues Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements Retaliation Southwest Airlines Whistleblowers

SEC Whistleblower Investigation Leads to Concern Over Protecting Confidential Information

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) began a formal inquiry into whether corporations are setting up their confidentiality agreements in ways that prevent...more

3/30/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan Whistleblowers

Maine to Pay Out $142,500 to Settle Whistleblower Suit

The state Department of Health and Human Services in Maine will pay $142,500 to a former employee as a part of a settlement for a federal whistleblower suit. That employee is Sharon Leahy-Lind, who was at one time a...more

3/27/2015 - CDC Public Employees Public Employers Settlement Whistleblowers

OSHA Requests $39 Million in Additional Funding for 2016

According to the 2016 Fiscal Year budget proposals in the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has requested an additional $39 million of funding for next year. The funding would help...more

3/24/2015 - Federal Budget Federal Funding OSHA

Fox Hollow Technologies Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

The United States Department of Justice recently announced that ev3 Inc., a company that recently acquired Fox Hollow Technologies, agreed to pay a $1.25 million penalty to settle accusations that Fox Hollow had committed...more

3/20/2015 - DOJ Enforcement Actions False Claims Act Health Care Providers Medical Devices Medicare Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Dignity Health Pays $37 Million After Claims of Overbilling

Major whistleblower claims have been occurring in a wide variety of industries lately. One of the industries in which fraud is most prevalent is the health care industry, and this past fall an instance of fraud cost a...more

3/17/2015 - Fraud Healthcare Fraud Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Whistleblower Exposes Wrongdoing at Arizona Corporation Commission

One employee of the Arizona Corporation Commission claims to have uncovered wrongdoing within the agency, and that he was offered a promotion to keep silent about it. But now various allegations against former commissioner...more

3/13/2015 - Government Agencies Whistleblowers

Recent NLRB Decision Focuses on Business Email Use

A recent decision made by the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the board will presume that any employees that have access to their employer’s email system during their work also have a right to use that email to...more

3/10/2015 - Email Employer Liability Issues NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Section 7

Citigroup Whistleblower Continues to Make an Impact

Richard Bowen has been the subject of a lot of attention in recent years. He’s been featured in the New York Times and was a subject of a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes. While today he is a senior lecturer of accounting for the...more

2/20/2015 - Citigroup Richard Bowen Whistleblowers

Ex-Dallas ISD Employees Say HR Department Operated Through Fear, Retaliation

Shortly after Chrystal Thierry refused to approve some extremely high pay raises for several top administrators within the Dallas Independent School District, she says she became the victim of retaliation. As the compensation...more

2/18/2015 - Adverse Employment Action Employer Liability Issues Retaliation School Districts Wrongful Termination

Texas Oil Regulator Files Wrongful Termination Claim After Exposing Safety Issues

An oil inspector in Texas claims to have been wrongfully fired for reporting safety violations within his company and being subject to unfair retaliation in the time leading up to his dismissal....more

2/3/2015 - Adverse Employment Action Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Oil & Gas Retaliation Wrongful Termination

Two Men Receive $7.6 Million in Goldman Sachs Wrongful Firing Suit

A pair of former brokers for Goldman Sachs & Company’s Los Angeles offices earned $7.6 million in monetary awards after filing a wrongful termination and discrimination suit against the company. The men, Chris Barra and Luis...more

1/30/2015 - Compensatory Damages Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Former Employee Goldman Sachs Military Service Members Punitive Damages Wrongful Termination

A Look Back at SEC Whistleblowers in 2014

In retrospect, 2014 has to be considered a success for the whistleblower program run by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This year, whistleblowers who earned awards through the SEC earned more money...more

1/27/2015 - Enforcement Actions Popular Retaliation SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

OSHA Hands Down Record Award Under Federal Railroad Safety Act

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) gave a MTA Metro-North railroad employee a record award under the Federal Railroad Safety Act after they suffered an injury in 2011. The $250,000 in punitive damages...more

1/20/2015 - Adverse Employment Action Compensatory Damages Employer Liability Issues Federal Railroad Safety Act OSHA Popular Punitive Damages Railroads Retaliation Workplace Hazards Workplace Injury

Minnesota Overturns Precedent By Extending Whistleblower Statute of Limitations

On December 15, the Court of Appeals for the state of Minnesota made a decision that reversed 20 years of precedent by extending the Minnesota Whistleblower Act’s statute of limitations from two to six years. The decision...more

1/16/2015 - Appeals Public Schools Statute of Limitations Time Extensions Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers on Wall Street Could Earn Share of $425 Million Pot

Since the establishment of the SEC Whistleblower Program, there have been a lot more highly publicized cases of whistleblowers coming forward and revealing wrongdoing within their organizations, specifically in regard to...more

1/13/2015 - SEC Wall Street Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies

Judge Will Allow Dow Whistleblower to File Wrongful Termination Suit

A federal judge is allowing an ex-fraud investigator for Dow Chemical Co. to pursue a wrongful termination claim. Kimberly Wood, who had worked for 25 years at Dow before the company fired her in October, alleges that the...more

1/9/2015 - Adverse Employment Action C-Suite Executives Dow Chemical Employer Liability Issues Internal Investigations Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers Willful Misconduct Wrongful Termination

Bank of America Whistleblower Wins $57 Million Decision

In what is being considered a record, landmark case, a former bank executive at Countrywide Financial (now owned by Bank of America Corporation) was awarded $57 million for exposing the presence of fraud in the company’s...more

1/6/2015 - Popular

Former St. Petersburg VA Attorney Files Whistleblower Suit

Javier Soto was at one point a Ratings Benefits Services Representative for the St. Petersburg region office of the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, after he released a report that spoke to the “poor, inept and...more

12/30/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Department of Veterans Affairs Hiring & Firing Public Employers Whistleblowers Wrongful Termination

Study Shows Companies Face Larger Penalties When Whistleblowers Involved

A recently published study indicates that companies face much larger monetary penalties whenever a whistleblower is involved in enforcement actions against the company. In an average case, those companies paid penalties that...more

12/29/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Actions OSHA Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Senators Present New Whistleblower Law for Auto Industry

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla) recently presented a new piece of legislation that will protect the rights of whistleblowers within the auto industry, and offer them the potential to be paid millions of...more

12/24/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Employer Liability Issues New Legislation Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Whistleblower Takes Next Step in Lawsuit Against Philadelphia School District

Four years ago, Francis X. Dougherty was fired after revealing the existence of a $7.5 million no-bid security camera contract within the Philadelphia School District. Now, he has won a major victory in his whistleblower...more

12/22/2014 - Adverse Employment Action First Amendment Public Schools School Districts Whistleblowers

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