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Ex-California Firefighter Files Major Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

A former firefighter from Montebello, California recently filed a federal whistleblower wrongful termination suit worth more than $5 million. That firefighter, Vernon Creswell, already won a $2.6 million payout from the city after a jury found in July 2015 that he was a victim of racial harassment and discrimination while working for the department. Cresswell Read More

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Important Tips for Consumer Products Whistleblowers

Are you aware of fraudulent activity within a consumer products company, or an inherent danger of a product the company is trying to conceal? It is important to know your rights under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) so you can safely blow the whistle. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Read More

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Quest Diagnostics to Pay $90,000 in Religious Discrimination Case

Quest Diagnostics agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a Rockwall-based phlebotomist. In addition, the company agreed (per the terms of the settlement) to adopt a religious accommodation policy, create new protocols for employee relations and offer annual training within Read More

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EEOC Releases New Guidance Warning Aginst Caregiving Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released new guidance warning employers against engaging in various forms of caregiving discrimination. The term “caregiving discrimination” refers to any discrimination in a caregiving setting or situation based on protected class, such as sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, genetic information or disability. About the guidance Read More

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Aviation Company Must Pay Whistleblower Nearly $1 Million to Resolve Whistleblower Retaliation Case

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently ordered Pegasus Elite Aviation, a private aviation company, to pay an employee back wages and other costs after determining that employee was the victim of whistleblower retaliation. The total money owed to the whistleblower was $958,000, which included $898,000 in back wages, Read More

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Documents that are Imperative in a Corporate Whistleblower Retaliation Case

Recent years have seen a significant rise in whistleblower reports being made to agencies like the SEC and CFTC. For these cases to be successful (many of which have), it is crucial that the whistleblower come armed with sufficient evidence, and that the agencies launching investigations uncover the complete truth of the allegations. It is Read More

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One Possible Lasting Effect of #MeToo Movement: A Rise in Whistleblower Reports

Best Lawyers recently had a thoughtful article in its “All Rise” newsletter in which they tied a seeming increase in whistleblower reports (specifically SEC whistleblower reports) to the #MeToo movement that came to the forefront several years ago. Since 2012, when the SEC handed out its first whistleblower award, the agency has handed out more Read More

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Whistleblowers Claim Retaliation for Exposing Abuses at Federal Prisons

The federal Bureau of Prisons is under fire for a new set of scandals, including allegations staff and a warden routinely sexually abused inmates at a women’s prison. Now, whistleblowers who exposed wrongdoing within the system say they’re being retaliated against for their role in bringing the scandals to light. Whistleblower retaliation at the Bureau Read More

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Louisiana State Police Trooper Files Wrongful Termination Suit After Acting as Whistleblower

Former Louisiana State Trooper Carl Cavalier formally appealed his termination from the department, a day after the State Police fired him in what he says was an act of wrongful termination. Case background Cavalier was the trooper who blew the whistle on LSP’s cover-up of the death of Ronald Greene in state police custody nearly Read More

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Be Aware of the Possible Drawbacks of Whistleblowing

There are quite a few potential incentives and advantages associated with becoming a whistleblower, not the least of which is the potential to earn some significant financial compensation. But as you make your decision it is important that you take the time to consider what you’re getting into and the possible drawbacks that could exist Read More

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