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SEC’s Amicus Brief: Internal Whistleblower Reports Covered By Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision

As we previously discussed, courts have struggled with determining the scope of the protections in Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions. On the one hand, Dodd-Frank defines a “whistleblower” as any individual, or group of...more

California Expands Protections for Employee Whistleblowers

Attention all employers with employees in California: On October 12, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 496, amending the whistleblower retaliation provisions set forth in section 1102.5 of...more

Eastern District of Virginia Finds False Claim Allegations Too Speculative

A Virginia federal judge recently dismissed a retaliation complaint under the False Claims Act because the plaintiff’s allegations of a false claim against the government were too speculative. In Carlson v. DynCorp...more

Have You Noticed? Pilot Program Protects Federal Grant Workers from Whistleblower Retaliation

A pilot program enacted by Congress went into effect last spring to protect whistleblowers who are working on federal grants. While it remains under the radar, this program is worth your review, as it not only imposes new...more

Bon Voyage! Dodd Frank Whistleblower Claim Shipped to Arbitration

In Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, Judge Failla in the Southern District of New York compelled arbitration of a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim, holding that nothing in the anti-retaliation provision, 15 U.S.C....more

Will California Be The Next Battlefront For An Onslaught of Whistleblower Claims?

Last week, we identified five important questions employers should ask themselves to test whether they are ready for key changes in California law that are coming in 2014. Here, we take a closer look at one of those changes:...more

Southern District of New York Limits Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections to the United States

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York limited the scope of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act anti-retaliation provisions for whistleblowers to the United States, dismissing a...more

There She Blows!: Another Court Rules Against Extraterritorial Application of Whistleblower Protections

Last week, whistleblowers reporting potential violations occurring outside of the United States again found themselves on the outside looking in at protections afforded to domestic whistleblowers when the Southern District of...more

Court Finds Dodd-Frank Does Not Apply To Foreign Whistleblowers

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a case with prejudice by an employee whistleblower that lived in Taiwan. The court stated there is no evidence that Congress intended...more

Dodd-Frank Retaliation Cases Continue To Be a Mixed Bag For Companies

Two new Dodd-Frank decisions over the last week contain mixed results for employers. In Liu v. Siemens A.G., Judge Pauley in the Southern District of New York held that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision does not...more

SDNY Says No Extraterritorial Application For Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision

In Liu v. Siemens A.G., No. 13 Civ. 317 (WHP), slip op. (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 21, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the anti-retaliation protections found in Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank...more

Whistleblowers Are Taking Their Case to the U.S. Supreme Court

Jackie Lawson and Jonathan Zang believe that the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals misinterpreted the law. They appealed the court’s decision in Lawson v. FMR LLC and filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the...more

Firing of Employee After His Angry Outburst During Mediation Did Not Constitute Retaliation

While the anti-retaliation provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit all employer action after an employee has filed a discrimination charge or lawsuit, it precludes employers from taking an...more

Fifth Circuit Narrowly Construes the Definition of a Whistleblower under Dodd Frank

Underscoring the Importance of Robust Internal Reporting Programs - Since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) in 2010, the compliance, finance and legal communities...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Takes Expansive View of Retaliation Under the Wage Act

In Fraelick v. PerkettPR, Inc., the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that an employee had a claim for retaliation under the Massachusetts Wage Act, despite that her underlying complaint was not about wages. In that...more

Whistleblower’s Claims Against Former Employer Survive Summary Judgment

In a case involving “several questions of first impression,” the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denied summary judgment for all but one of the defendants in a case alleging violations of the...more

OCR Issues New Guidance Regarding Retaliation

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance this week in the form of a “Dear Colleague Letter” that specifically addresses retaliation. Like complaints filed with the...more

Legal Alert: OFCCP Updates Non-Retaliation Policy

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued an announcement both reassuring covered contractors that seeking compliance assistance will not trigger a compliance review but also noting that seeking...more

Whats A Protected Complaint Under The FLSA’s Anti-Retaliation Provision?

On December 26, 2012, the Eleventh Circuit issued a ruling that strengthens defenses to “protected activity” in FLSA retaliation actions. Miller v. Roche Surety & Casualty Co., Inc., No. 12-cv-10259 (11th Cir. Dec. 26, 2012)...more

American Samoa Government and EEOC Settle Age Discrimination Suit

U.S. Territory Will Provide Anti-Discrimination Training & Relief, Settling the Federal Agency's First Lawsuit in American Samoa - PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today...more

Key Indicia Of Retaliation In FLSA Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment in a closely watched FLSA retaliation case based on circumstantial evidence of a causal nexus between protected...more

Fourth Circuit Reverses Decision Holding Employer's Promise Not to Retaliate Modified At-Will Employment, Rejects Breach of...

On November 27, 2012, in Scott v. Merck & Company, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a jury verdict of more than $500,000 in favor of Jennifer Scott, a former Merck & Co., Inc. employee. The...more

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