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Eighth Circuit – Wrongful termination claims by Airline whistleblower are not preempted by ADA

In Watson v. Air Methods Corp., No. 15-1900, the Eighth Circuit made clear that the whistleblower protections within the federal Airline Deregulation Act (“the ADA”) do not preclude state claims for wrongful termination.  The case involved an in-flight air medic who made several complaints to his employer regarding FAA safety violations, and was later fired.

airline, FAA, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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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,…
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Payroll Fraud, Whistleblower, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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SEC settles first stand-alone retaliation enforcement action

SEC settles first stand-alone retaliation enforcement action

Late in September, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower brought its second stand-alone whistleblower retaliation enforcement action against International Game Technology (“IGT”) over allegations that the company fired “an employee with several years of positive performance reviews because [the employee]…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Retaliation, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, workplace retaliation

2nd Cir. revives JPMorgan whistleblower suit

2nd Cir. revives JPMorgan whistleblower suit

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently revived a whistleblower suit against JPMorgan Chase filed by former wealth management pro Jennifer Sharkey.  Sharkey has alleged JPMorgan fired her after she warned that an Israeli client was committing fraud.  The…
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OSHA, Sarbanes-Oxley, U.S. Department of Labor, workplace retaliation

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OSHA pilots expedited whistleblower program

OSHA Pilots Expedited Whistleblower Program

In an effort to speed up the claims process under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) Whistleblower Protection Program, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has launched a new pilot program, called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” in its…
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OSHA, Retaliation, U.S. Department of Labor, Whistleblower, workplace retaliation

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SOX and “reasonable beliefs”

Sarbanes-Oxley Act - SOX

In a recent decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, future potential whistleblowers alleging retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) may have found an easier path to proceed with their claims.  The Eighth Circuit’s opinion in Beacom v….
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, workplace retaliation

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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…
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Veterans Affairs, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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

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Ninja Turtles tax fraud plan alleged by Ex-Viacom VP in whistleblower suit

Ninja Turtles tax fraud plan

As initially reported by Reuters, a former vice president of Viacom, Inc. has sued the media giant claiming that she was fired in retaliation for her opposition to Viacom’s alleged Ninja Turtles tax fraud plan, which involved illegally avoiding paying…
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Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, Tax Fraud, Whistleblower, workplace retaliation

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Colorado to pay $280,000 to prisons whistleblower

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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’…
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Whistleblower, Whistleblower award, Whistleblower protection, workplace retaliation

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