Department of Labor Panel Adopts Liberal Pleading Standard for SOX Whistleblower Cases


The U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board (ARB) adopted a liberal pleading standard for whistleblower retaliation cases under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).

Two former employees of Parexel International LLC filed whistleblower complaints alleging that Parexel terminated their employment in violation of SOX's anti-retaliation provisions. Both former employees had complained to their superiors after discovering that other company employees were falsifying drug-testing data in violation of Food and Drug Administration rules. Parexel allegedly failed to investigate the falsification, and over the next several months both complainants were allegedly subjected to various forms of retaliation and finally terminated.

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