Category Archives: Employee Rights

Debate Rages On About Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor?

The case of Edward Snowden has been highly debated for much of the past year. To give an idea of just how complicated the situation is, there are 21 different federal laws in existence that protect workers that act as whistleblowers. However, a large number of employers and employees do not have a full understanding… Read More »

Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for delivering information about his company’s wrongdoing that he had originally tried to report internally before being ignored by… Read More »

Religious Exemptions for Employees

President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against the sexual orientation or gender identity of its employees. This order does not include a religious exemption, meaning all federal contractors are required to follow the terms of the order regardless of their own personal religious beliefs. This order is… Read More »

Lessons from Recent NLRB Actions

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel recently investigated allegations against various McDonald’s franchises and its franchisor, McDonald’s, USA, LLC. The charges were that the company violated the rights of its employees during various employee protests at different franchise locations. The most newsworthy aspect of this case: the NLRB authorized those… Read More »

About the Proposed “Retail Workers Bill of Rights”

A San Francisco proposal passed by the Board of Supervisors could implement a “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” aimed at changing labor standards and pay practices for hourly employees. This piece of legislation would force the more than 1,200 retail stores throughout San Francisco to do the following: Offer all part-time employees the option to… Read More »

VA Whistleblower in Phoenix Punished for Alerting Authorities

In 2010, Paula Pedene helped reveal a scandal in the Phoenix Veterans Affair Hospital revolving around mismanagement that ultimately led to the hospital being $11.4 million short in its budget. Now, it’s being reported that she has been placed in a lower-ranking job as punishment for her role as a whistleblower. Pedene, 56, had a… Read More »

Apple the Subject of a Class Action Lawsuit About Break Periods

A California state court granted class action status to a case with claims alleging that Apple failed to give its employees sufficient breaks for meals and rests, occasionally disallowing breaks completely. Nearly 21,000 current and former Apple employees are taking part in the lawsuit. State law in California requires all employers to give a 30-minute… Read More »

LinkedIn Pays Nearly $6 Million After US Labor Department Investigation

After being investigated by the US Labor Department for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, LinkedIn has been forced to pay out nearly $6 million in damages and unpaid overtime to 359 employees. The investigation revealed violations of the overtime and record-keeping parts of the Fair Labor Standards Act, affecting employees in California, Illinois,… Read More »

Are More SEC Protections on the Way for Whistleblowers?

A pro-whistleblower coalition comprising organizations including the Government Accountability Project, the Project on Government Oversight and more is in the news for pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to improve its protections for employees that alert authorities to potential wrongdoing in their workplace. Members of the coalition are concerned about the clarity of the… Read More »

Whistleblower Receives More Than $17 Million in Omnicare Case

A decision has been made in the case against Omnicare, Inc. that will net a former Omnicare pharmacist more than $17.2 million in the ensuing settlement. The settlement with the Department of Justice orders Omnicare, Inc. to pay more than $124 million after having allegedly violated the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Omnicare was accused of luring… Read More »