Utah Whistleblower Hotline

Whistleblower protection

9th Cir. widens circuit split over Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections

9th Cir. widens circuit split over Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections

A recent decision from the 9th Circuit has served to widen the circuit split over whether Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections should protect internal whistleblowers.  In early March, a split 9th Circuit panel found in favor of extending Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections to…
Read more

Dodd-Frank Act, Retaliation, Whistleblower, Whistleblower protection

, , , , , , , , ,

Martha Ellis sues city, mayor, and top brass

Martha Ellis sues city, mayor, and top brass

Martha Ellis, the first female battalion fire chief for the Salt Lake City Fire Department (“SLCFD”), recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Salt Lake City, after submitting a notice of claim to the city in June of this year.  Ellis,…
Read more

Payroll Fraud, Whistleblower, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monsanto whistleblower gets $22M award

Monsanto whistleblower gets $22M award

At the end of last month, the SEC announced “the award of more than $22 million to a whistleblower whose detailed tip and extensive assistance helped” the SEC bring to an end a “well-hidden” fraud at Monsanto where the whistleblower…
Read more

Dodd-Frank Act, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection

, , , , , ,

Retaliation claim settled by Phoenix VA whistleblower

Brandon Coleman testifies before Congress regarding accountability and retaliation

Embattled Phoenix VA whistleblower Brandon Coleman has settled his retaliation claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which was taken up and investigated by the Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”).  Following the settlement, Coleman returned to work at the VA…
Read more

Veterans Affairs, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

, , , , , , , , , ,

CFTC pays whistleblower $10 million

CFTC Whistleblower Program

Until recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program had only paid out two whistleblower awards, totaling $530,000 ($290,000 and $240,000, respectively), over the entire life of the program.  However, that changed significantly when the CFTC announced…
Read more

CFTC Whistleblower Program, Dodd-Frank Act, IRS, IRS Tax Whistleblower Program, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Whistleblower, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

IRS Whistleblower Office paid $103 million to whistleblowers in 2015

IRS Whistleblower Office

It appears that the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) Whistleblower Office is finally opening up to the idea of whistleblowers.  According to an annual IRS report to Congress, the IRS Whistleblower Office paid out $103 million to whistleblowers in 2015, which…
Read more

IRS, Tax Fraud, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection

, , , , ,

Medicare and Medicaid whistleblower claims rising

A whistleblower in a Medicare case has protection under the law. Consult a whistleblower attorney to protect your rights.

As health care enrollments under the Affordable Care Act increase each year, the potential for healthcare waste, fraud and abuse has also increased. To deter heathcare fraud, the government has whistleblower laws to protect individuals who reveal wrongdoing, especially within…
Read more

False Claims Act, Medicaid, medical fraud, Medicare, Qui Tam, Whistleblower, whistleblower attorney, Whistleblower protection

, , , , ,

Colorado to pay $280,000 to prisons whistleblower

Talk to a whistleblower attorney

A whistleblower formerly employed by the Colorado prison system will be paid  $280,000 to settle her complaint that the state tried to punish and silence her for her whistleblowing activities. Maureen O’Keefe, the former director of Colorado Department of Corrections’…
Read more

Whistleblower, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

, , ,

Whistleblower Recording a “Protected Activity”

A whistleblower’s surreptitious tape recording constitutes a “protected activity” under the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (“ERA”), under certain circumstances. That was the ruling of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) on September 28, 2015 after reviewing…
Read more

tape recording, whistleblower evidence, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

, ,