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Author Archives: Steve Kardell

Knoxville Police Whistleblower Claims Retaliation Lead to Resignation

A former law enforcement officer with the Knoxville Police Department in Tennessee claims his department retaliated against him after he filed a complaint about vulgar roll call videos and various other examples of inappropriate behavior within the department. He ultimately resigned as a result of the alleged retaliation. The officer. Lt. Travis Brasfield, submitted a […]

First FCA Payout Over Cybersecurity Goes to Cisco Whistleblower

Cisco Systems Inc. recently agreed to a significant settlement after a whistleblower filed a lawsuit claiming the company improperly sold video surveillance software that had known weaknesses to federal and state government agencies. The case marks the very first time a False Claims Act resulted in a payout over failure to adhere to proper cybersecurity […]

Secret Siri Recordings Revealed by Whistleblower

Owners of iPhones are suddenly reconsidering the way they use the Siri feature thanks to a recent whistleblower report published in the Guardian. According to the report, contractors who were hired for quality control purposes were able to hear private recordings Siri made accidentally, including business deals, medical appointments, illegal drug sales and sexual intercourse. […]

$35 Million Settlement Reached in Wells Fargo Overtime Case

A potential $35 million settlement between Wells Fargo & Co. and a number of current and former employees received preliminary approval by a federal judge. The settlement stems from a case filed in October 2016, in which current and former employees claim they were not being paid overtime while working outside of standard bank hours. […]

Former CCO Files Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit Against National Holdings Corp

A former Chief Compliance Officer for National Holdings Corp. claims she was fired after 16 years of working for the brokerage firm after she began investigating allegations of insider trading against executives, including Chairman and CEO Michael Mullen. The lawsuit names a total of 12 defendants plus a pair of businesses owned and operated by […]

CFTC Whistleblower Awards Continue at Brisk Pace

The whistleblower program of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has recently handed out several awards, continuing a recent trend of awards coming from the commission at a fast pace. The CFTC most recently announced a $2 million award to a pair of whistleblowers whose information through multiple interviews and provided documents allowed a significant […]

Former Goldman Sachs Executive Alleges Homophobia Reason for His Termination

A former executive for Goldman Sachs alleges he was subjected to homophobic harassment and that anti-gay views from his superiors were the primary reason for his termination. The claimant is William Littleton, who has filed a whistleblower lawsuit in the state of New York. According to his complaint, he had reported the consistent teasing and […]

Lawsuit Alleges Pharmacy Technician Was Fired After Reporting Boss’s Fraud

Maxim Healthcare Service, a federal contractor for healthcare services, is the subject of a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it retaliated against an employee who reported fraud at an immigrant detention facility. According to the complaint, the whistleblower, Laura Wondercheck, worked for Maxim as a pharmacy technician, serving at the Dilley immigration detention facility for women and […]

Federal Judge Rules Alabama Burger King Franchisee Illegally Blocked Worker from Taking FMLA Leave

A federal judge ruled a Burger King franchisee in Alabama illegally prevented a former employee from taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The employee in question, LaShondra Moore, worked at the restaurant in Mobile, Alabama. In February 2017, she received a call from her mom’s doctor, telling her that her mother […]

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