Steve Kardell

Steve Kardell

Whistleblower Law for Managers

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Senate Approves Whistleblower Bill for the Auto Industry

The U.S. Senate passed the first-ever piece of whistleblower legislation specific to automotive safety April 28. The proposed measure provides incentives to whistleblowers within the auto industry to come forward about known...more

5/26/2015 - Automotive Industry New Legislation Whistleblower Protection Policies

EPA Criticized for Persecution of 9/11 Dust Whistleblower

A judge from the U.S. Department of Labor rebuked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its concealment of evidence in a case from several years ago against a senior chemist who was wrongfully terminated. The chemist,...more

5/22/2015 - Employer Liability Issues EPA September 11th Attacks Whistleblowers

Proposed Legislation Could Punish Those Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been the subject of controversy for much of the past year after a variety of whistleblowers exposed a nationwide problem of extremely long wait times for veterans needing treatment...more

5/19/2015 - Department of Veterans Affairs Proposed Legislation Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

SEC Announces $600,000 Award to Whistleblower in First-Ever Retaliation Payout

Since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower award program was launched more than three years ago, the agency has handed out payments of more than $50 million to 17 different whistleblowers. ...more

5/15/2015 - Retaliation SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Fined for Whistleblower Harassment

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has had plenty of public troubles lately, the most recent of which has resulted in a fine of more than $50,000 after the agency was found guilty of harassing a...more

5/8/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Harassment Transit Authority Whistleblowers

Whistleblower Files Lawsuit Against JC Penney

A former part-time employee of department store JC Penney filed a retaliation claim, saying they were fired after alerting authorities that the retailer was overcharging its customers. This is just the most recent bad news...more

5/5/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Former Employee JCPenney Retaliation Whistleblowers Wrongful Termination

Aramark Whistleblower Claims He was Fired After Revealing Company Violations

Jon Costa, a former employee of Aramark, claims that the company fired him after he publicized a number of major food violations that the company committed in its work at Arrowhead and Kaufman stadiums in November 2014. He...more

5/1/2015 - OSHA Retaliation Termination Whistleblowers

Infosys Whistleblower Reveals H-1B Workers Have Minimal Skills

A whistleblower that works for Indian tech corporation Infosys claims that H-1B workers that replace Americans in their positions have little to no business knowledge and very few relevant skills to their positions. The...more

4/28/2015 - Fraud H-1B Infosys Popular Visas Whistleblowers

Court Makes Important Decision in Privileged Document Case

In many circumstances, courts say that corporations might relinquish privilege protection through internal privileged communications even beyond employees who have a “need to know.” This policy is often criticized because it...more

4/21/2015 - Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Information Hulu Internal Communications

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

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