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Secondhand Whistleblower Reports Can Be Extremely Valuable

There is a tendency in organizations to dismiss secondhand whistleblower reports as little more than hearsay. However, experts say secondary whistleblower reports can actually be extremely valuable for uncovering information about fraud and other internal wrongdoing. One recent study by CFO.com analyzed more than two million whistleblower reports from more than 1,000 public companies in Read More

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Nurse Staffing Agency Must Pay $3.2 Million Settlement in Wage and Hour Lawsuit

Advantage RN, LLC, a nurse staffing firm, agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle a class action wage and hour lawsuit. Nurses working with the company alleged the firm routinely failed to pay overtime in accordance with California state law. The company allegedly did not calculate regular pay rates properly, which resulted in incorrect overtime Read More

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AT&T Under Fire for Age Discrimination in 2019 Layoffs

A class action lawsuit filed in January alleges layoffs at AT&T in 2019 were designed to get rid of older employees, and that the company attempted to get those employees to waive their right to sue the company with a form that was not enforceable by law. Lawsuit background At the time of the layoffs, Read More

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School District Must Pay More Than $100,000 to Settle Asbestos Whistleblower Claim

Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 (D7) was ordered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to pay more than $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who made complaints about asbestos in school facilities in 2012 and 2016. The settlement money was for $102,905 in back wages, damages and other compensations. Read More

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Whistleblower Claims City of San Diego Ignored Asbestos and Fire Safety Warnings at Downtown High Rise Building

An engineer who works for the City of San Diego recently claimed in a letter to the San Diego City Attorney’s Office that supervisors ignored his numerous warnings about fire dangers and asbestos contamination at a high-rise property owned by the city on Ash Street.

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Former CEO of Interface Inc. Files $100 Million Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

In mid-January, Jay Gould was fired from his position as CEO of Interface Inc., a global manufacturer of flooring materials. Now he has filed a lawsuit against the company for wrongful termination, and seeks $100 million compensation.

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SEC Issues First Whistleblower Awards of 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently awarded a whistleblower more than $277,000 for their assistance in providing the agency with significant information that alerted it to an ongoing fraud scheme. It also provided a second award for $45,000 to an investor who helped the SEC recover assets that were ultimately returned to victims.

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Frisco Firm Fires Employee After She Shelters in Place in Dallas County, Suit Says

In her article published April 23, 2020, on nbcdfw.com, Diana Zoga discusses a lawsuit filed in Dallas County in mid-April. The suit was filed by Amy Reggio, a woman who says she lost her job for trying to comply with shelter-in-place orders during the coronavirus pandemic. On March 27, Ms. Reggio was fired from her job Read More

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Whistleblower Files Retaliation Lawsuit After Reporting Wrongdoing in Alabama School District

Samuel Mark Isley serves as the human resources director for Limestone County Schools in Alabama, but was recently played on administrative leave with pay. Isley has now filed a lawsuit against the district, claiming his leave was retaliation for his reporting to state officials that the school board for the district was hiring teachers who did not have the proper certifications, which jeopardized district funding.

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Jackson National Life Insurance Company Settles Employment Discrimination and Retaliation Case for $20 Million

Jackson National Life Insurance Company recently reached a $20.5 million settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after claims the company harassed, discriminated against and retaliated against female and African American employees. This was the largest monetary settlement ever achieved by the Phoenix and Denver offices of the EEOC.

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