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SEC Announces Pair of New Whistleblower Awards

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a pair of new whistleblower awards at the start of November, both going to individuals who assisted the commission with their investigations into ongoing fraudulent schemes. The first whistleblower received $3.6 million for their assistance. The SEC said this whistleblower alerted the agency to overseas misconduct and Read More

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Bechtel Corp. and Aecom Pay $58 Million to Settle Overcharging Allegations

Bechtel Corp. and a subcontractor, Aecom, paid $58 million to settle claims of billing the Department of Energy for fraudulent labor expenses. The two companies have been working together on the vitrification plant at Hanford in Washington, a $17 billion venture. The lawsuit dates back to 2017, and was filed by several current or former Read More

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EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Hawthorn Suites, Alleging Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, a hotel near the airport in Kent, Washington. The lawsuit alleges the owner of the hotel violated federal law by allowing a manager to sexually harass a pair of housekeepers and retaliate against one who Read More

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EEOC: Frito-Lay Illegally Fired Worker Based on Their Religion

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against Frito-Lay, Inc., the PepsiCo subsidiary based in Texas, on the basis of illegal discrimination. EEOC claimed the company violated federal law after firing a recently promoted sales representative because of his inability to perform training on Saturdays, due to his religious beliefs as Read More

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Pennsylvania Teacher Blows the Whistle on School’s Insufficient COVID Protocols

A teacher at H.D. Berkey Elementary School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania recently submitted an anonymous letter to Action News 4 in Pittsburgh containing concerns about the New Kensington Arnold School District’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Some of the specific concerns addressed in the letter included: Students being placed three to five feet apart, rather than the Read More

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JPMorgan Forced to Pay Record $920 Million in CFTC Case

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a record judgment against JPMorgan Chase & Company and its subsidiaries. JPMorgan will pay out a record $920.2 million for a CFTC case, which includes the highest amounts of restitution, disgorgement and civil monetary amounts every for a “spoofing” case. Case background JPMorgan was accused of “manipulative and Read More

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OSHA Whistleblower Complaints Becoming More Common Across the United States

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports an increase in whistleblower complaints, particularly over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and many of which are related to the pandemic itself. For the time from February 18 through May 31, there were 4,101 whistleblower complaints filed with the agency, an increase of 30 percent over Read More

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Hospital in West Virginia Reaches $50 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Case

Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia recently agreed to pay $50 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower case alleging improper kickbacks and payments to doctors that were directed by hospital management. The settlement concluded a case that dates back to 2017, filed by former hospital executive vice president Louis Longo. Longo will receive Read More

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Former AIG Attorney Alleges Wrongful Termination After Reporting Fraudulent Activity

An ex-attorney for American International Group (AIG) filed a federal lawsuit claiming AIG fired him after he formally complained about fraudulent activity surrounding an effort to create a separate legal services company. Case background That whistleblower is Aaron Katzel, who worked at AIG for a decade and headed the Legal Operations Center (LOC) for the Read More

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What Whistleblowers Should Know About HIPAA

Potential whistleblowers in a medical setting should be familiar with HIPAA and its implications if they are to establish a viable case that does not violate the rights of other people. It’s generally suggested that whistleblowers have documentary proof to boost their credibility in a case and to demonstrate you have information that can lead Read More

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