Category Archives: Employee Rights

Former California State Bar Director Files Wrongful Termination Suit

Former senator Joe Dunn has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the State Bar of California, claiming that the organization fired him from his position as Executive Director after he reported various ethical breaches and illegal activities by some of the agency’s high-ranking officials. The lawsuit came just days after Dunn received notice of his… Read More »

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 University of Texas at Dallas, he performs this role with a… Read More »

Whistleblower Fired After Uncovering ‘Too Much Corruption’

A whistleblower case involving a nonprofit organization made big news recently after an employee was fired for “uncovering too much corruption” in grants given to the organization. That employee was John Parsons, a former Inspector General for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. According to reports, Parsons was fired because his concerns… Read More »

Opinions on Whistleblowers Have Changed Over Time

Now that there are more protections available for whistleblowers than ever before, especially whistleblowers in federal agencies, opinions on the act of whistleblowing have also begun to shift in a more positive light. One recent letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal takes offense to the idea of whistleblower lawyers being similar to… Read More »

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.   That inspector, Fred Wright, was fired about a year and a half ago. He had had a successful career including numerous excellent… Read More »

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 Sampredo, received a total of $5.2 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages against the company…. Read More »

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 than in all previous years of the program’s existence combined, with one whistleblower who reported major fraud within a company… Read More »

OSHA Hands Down Record Award Under Federal Railroad Safety Act

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) gave a MTA Metro-North railroad employee a record award under the Federal Railroad Safety Act after they suffered an injury in 2011. The $250,000 in punitive damages and additional $10,000 in compensatory damages awarded to the unnamed victim make up the most money ever given in a FSRA… Read More »

Minnesota Overturns Precedent By Extending Whistleblower Statute of Limitations

On December 15, the Court of Appeals for the state of Minnesota made a decision that reversed 20 years of precedent by extending the Minnesota Whistleblower Act’s statute of limitations from two to six years. The decision came in a claim made by a former employee of Minneapolis Public Schools who reported financial discrepancies within… Read More »

Whistleblowers on Wall Street Could Earn Share of $425 Million Pot

Since the establishment of the SEC Whistleblower Program, there have been a lot more highly publicized cases of whistleblowers coming forward and revealing wrongdoing within their organizations, specifically in regard to fraudulent activity. Awards through the SEC have been reaching record levels this year, with one person coming away with a $30 million settlement after… Read More »