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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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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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Hawaii Deputy Fired After 40 Years of Service Files Wrongful Termination Claim

A former deputy sheriff recently filed a lawsuit against Hawaii’s Department of Public Safety, claiming he was a victim of wrongful termination. The whistleblower, Tommy Cayetano, claimed former DPS Director Nolan Espinda fired him in 2020 despite him having a 38 year record of public service with no disciplinary actions. He also claims an internal Read More

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San Jose State University Agrees to Settle Sex Abuse Coverup Lawsuit

San Jose State University (SJSU) recently agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging a coverup of sexual abuse allegations. The claimant was a whistleblower who targeted the suit against the university and former athletic director Marie Tuite. The settlement value was $560,000. Case background In the suit, whistleblower Steve O’Brien claimed the university fired him because Read More

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Associate Athletic Director at LSU Claims Termination Was Retaliation for Whistleblowing

The attorneys for former associate athletic director Sharon Lewis of Louisiana State University (LSU) claim her firing was a result of retaliation. Lewis had previously filed a $50 million federal racketeering lawsuit against the university over Title IX violations against LSU football players, coaches and officials. She was fired on January 5, and attorneys say Read More

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Sixth Circuit Provides Clarification on False Claims Act Whistleblower Statute of Limitations

On January 10, 2022, the Sixth Circuit ruled the statute of limitations period for False Claims Act whistleblower retaliation cases begins when the whistleblower is first notified of the adverse retaliatory action. This clarification came in the ruling of El-Khalil v. Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. Case background The plaintiff in the case, El-Khalil, witnessed employees of Read More

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Department of Labor Investigating Apple Over Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

The United States Department of Labor will investigate allegations that Apple retaliated against an employee who blew the whistle on company wrongdoing. The whistleblower is Ashley Gjovik, a former senior engineering program manager. Gjovik had originally complained she was subjected to frequent harassment and unsafe working conditions while she worked for Apple. Case background Apple Read More

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Former Utah Professor Suits for Whistleblower Retaliation, Wins $760K

Judith Zimmerman, a former professor at the University of Utah, won $760,000 in damages in a jury trial after she sued the university claiming whistleblower retaliation. The case was another example of how whistleblower retaliation can result in the perpetrator being subject to significant penalties for their actions. Case background Zimmerman had worked for the Read More

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OSHA Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Hotel Operator in Texas

The federal government brought a lawsuit against a hotel operator in Waller, Texas, claiming it terminated an employee who sought medical attention after exposure to carbon monoxide in the workplace. The suit was filed on March 25, 2021 and seeks the court to order the defendant to comply with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Read More

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Former Amazon Employee Files Whistleblower Complaint Alleging Wrongful Termination Over Raising COVID Safety Concerns

A former employee of Amazon claims she was fired from the company’s sorting center in Thornton, Colorado after repeatedly raising concerns about the COVID-19 risks in the facility. In response, she filed a whistleblower complaint with the state’s labor department that could lead to a lawsuit. Case background The employee, Linda Rodriguez, said her concerns Read More

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