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Former Montebello City Manager Files Lawsuit Alleging Whistleblower Retaliation

Francesca Tucker-Schuyler served until recently as the city manager for Montebello, CA. However, she was fired in February 2019 in what she claims to have been a case of wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation. She has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging retaliation, discrimination based on sex, failure to prevent discrimination and wrongful termination. Read More

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Former Employee of Ad Agency Sues Company Alleging Wrongful Termination over COVID Issues in Project

Tiffani Harcrow, a former employee of Omelet LLC ad agency in Culver City, recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer. She alleges the company wrongfully fired her in May after she expressed concerns about an advertising project with Princess Cruises that she believed minimized the potential coronavirus-related health risks to customers. Case Read More

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SEC Sees Significant Increase in COVID-19 Related Tips and Complaints

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) noted it has seen a “spike” in tips, complaints and referrals related to COVID-19, prompting brand new investigations for the commission. The agency is specifically focused on fraud relating to the pandemic. According to the SEC, it has issued more than 30 trading suspensions since early February based Read More

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Florida’s COVID-19 Dashboard Designer Files Whistleblower Complaint Against State Department of Health

The designer of Florida’s COVID-9 dashboard recently filed a whistleblower complaint against the Florida Department of Health after being fired for insubordination. The former department employee, Rebekah Jones, claims she was wrongfully terminated after she refused to falsify data in the state’s COVID-19 databases as the state pushed hard to reopen its economy in May. Read More

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Whistleblower Calls Attention to Poor Nursing Home Conditions During Pandemic

An anonymous whistleblower in Brooklyn called attention this spring to some of the dire conditions at nursing homes in New York City. The whistleblower spoke with voice distortion and appeared in silhouette on a teleconference call to speak about her experiences with a nursing home during the pandemic. She was nervous about speaking out publicly, Read More

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OSHA Once Again Reminds Employers: Whistleblower Retaliation is Illegal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a reminder to employers across the United States that any form of retaliation against employees who blow the whistle on suspect working conditions is strictly illegal. Examples of illegal retaliation include termination, demotion, reductions in pay/hours or denials of promotions/overtime. Workers who believe they have been Read More

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Whistleblower Claims Wall Street Has Been Routinely Manipulating Mortgage Funds

A whistleblower claims there is evidence to believe Wall Street is once again engaged in some of the very practices that led to the financial crash of 2008. A whistleblower complaint submitted last year to the Securities and exchange Commission accuses some of the largest banks in the world (including Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo) Read More

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Latest SEC Whistleblower Award: $3.8 Million

The most recent SEC whistleblower award was a $3.8 million bounty to a whistleblower who offered information to the agency that resulted in a successful enforcement action. As always, the information provided by the SEC about the whistleblower award was vague so as to protect the identity of the whistleblower. The SEC said the whistleblower Read More

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SEC Awards $27 Million to Whistleblower

April 2020 was a busy month for the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower and its whistleblower award program. The headline award of the month was a $27 million award to a single whistleblower, which ranks among the larger awards given out by the SEC since the inception of its program. The award also helped the Read More

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Whistleblower Claims CDC Contractor’s Failure to Follow COVID-19 Rules Resulted in Worker Getting Sick

Brianna Flores, a 22-year-old woman from Mississippi, began working at a Maximus call center this spring in a position where she would be giving callers coronavirus guidelines coming directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She had been unemployed, and was excited to find a place hiring in the middle of the Read More

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