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Surgeon Claims Retaliation After Blowing the Whistle on Colleague

A Cincinnati surgeon has filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, claiming he was retaliated against when he raised concerns about a colleague’s fitness. Dr. Charles Mehlman claims he was targeted by hospital leadership and two other doctors who served on the “professional provider evaluation committee” after he spoke out. Case background Read More

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Citizens Can Use Whistleblower Laws to Report Climate Crimes

It’s no secret that climate change is happening at an increasingly rapid pace. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, sea levels are rising and once-normal weather events are more destructive than ever. While the average citizen can cut down on their carbon footprint, certain industries and corporations are adding to the problem. The Climate Corruption Read More

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Former Santa Fe Public School Administrator Awarded $800,000 in Whistleblower Suit

Former Santa Fe High School assistant principal Kelly Rinaldi was awarded nearly $800,000 in a whistleblower lawsuit against the school district. Rinaldi alerted colleagues of allegations of sexual misconduct against high school student athletes in 2017. Case background In 2017, Rinaldi spoke up about the sexual misconduct allegations and asked the district to investigate the Read More

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Unsealed Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses Epic of Double-Billing Anesthesia Services

Epic, a medical billing software service, has been accused of prompting hundreds of hospitals across the country to double-bill Medicaid and Medicare for anesthesia services. This resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent payments. The recently unsealed lawsuit was originally filed in 2015, and the federal government declined to intervene in the case. Read More

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Facial ID Vendor Sued by Former Illinois Hospital Worker

A former Illinois employee from Lurie Children’s Hospital recently filed a biometric privacy claim against ID.me Inc., the hospital’s identity verification vendor. The suit claimed it stored her and other Illinois users’ facial data twice as long as it was allowed to, before the vendor changed its policies in 2021. Case background When the plaintiff Read More

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Discouraging Employees from Taking FMLA Leave May Violate the Law

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) bestows eligible employees with the right to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave from work, whether due to a personal or family medical need, or for the birth or adoption of a child. Unfortunately, some employers try to discourage employees from taking their federally protected leave. One Seventh Read More

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Understanding FMLA Interference Claims

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees the right to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave from work due to a personal or family medical need, or for the birth or adoption of a child. Employees must be notified of their rights and prevents the employer from interfering with, limiting or denying Read More

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Signet Jewelers Settles Gender Bias Litigation for $175 Million

Signet Jewelers, responsible for brands like Sterling Jewerlers, Kay Jewelers and Jared, has settled gender bias litigation representing 68,000 female employees. The female employees alleged that Signet Jewelers promoted women less often, and paid them less than men. Case background While Signet and Sterling denied wrongdoing, the cases settled before the company’s classwide September 5 Read More

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Seventh Circuit Rules Discouraging Employees from Taking Leave Violates the FMLA

Employees eligible for FMLA protections may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year. Employers and employees are also prohibited from denying, restraining or interfering with an employee attempting to exercise their FMLA rights. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that even discouraging an employee from taking leave violates the FMLA—even Read More

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Pharmacy Owners Convicted of Fraudulent Multimillion Dollar Telemedicine Scheme

Two pharmacy owners were recently convicted of trying to defraud pharmacy benefit managers of tens of thousands of prescriptions, which were submitted to both private and federally-funded healthcare programs. The PBMs paid claims to the conspirator-owned pharmacies in a multimillion dollar scheme. They face up to 17 years in prison and $50 million in restitution. Read More

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