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Jury Hits Town With $1.5 Million Fine After Wrongfully Terminating Detective

A jury in Morristown, New Jersey, recently ruled unanimously that the town’s police chief, Pete Demnitz, removed officer Keith Hudson from his position after he blew the whistle to authorities about the extra-duty jobs the chief was performing during his hours. The court directed the town to pay Hudson $1.5 million in punitive damages, plus Read More

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Inchcape Whistleblowers Awarded $4.4 Million in False Claims Act Case

Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited and several of its subsidiaries recently agreed to pay $20 million to settle False Claims Act violation allegations. The company and its subsidiaries were accused of purposefully overbilling the U.S. Navy in contracts for ship husbanding services. Three former employees of Inchcape brought the suit under the False Claims Act’s Read More

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Gag Orders at Federal Agencies Violate Whistleblower Laws

Over the last year and a half, there have been numerous reports about employees of federal agencies not being allowed to use specific words when preparing documents for Congress or when putting together reports. For example, in December, The Washington Post reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended employees not use words like Read More

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How the #MeToo Movement Has Started to Affect Legal Cases

The #MeToo movement gained such tremendous momentum in the second half of 2018 that its members were named the TIME People of the Year. Not only has the movement had a significant social and cultural impact and brought some important discussions about sexual harassment and assault to the forefront, but it has also begun to Read More

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Wells Fargo Forced to Pay $9.5 Million Settlement

Wells Fargo has gone through no shortage of scandals in recent years, and now it has more bad news. In late April, Wells Fargo agreed to shell out $9.5 million in a settlement over allegations that it did not pay financial advisors their commissions in a timely manner and routinely failed to reimburse them for Read More

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NYC Council Passes New Law Aimed at Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The New York City Council recently passed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act, a series of bills with the goal of addressing and preventing sexual harassment in work environments. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the act into law. The act amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) and the New York City Read More

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Psychological Study Highlights Why Sexual Harassment Victims Often Don’t Speak Up Immediately

One of the most common methods used to undermine victims of sexual harassment or assault is to criticize the amount of time they waited before reporting the incident. The insinuation is that because the victim didn’t speak up right away, either the situation couldn’t have been “that bad,” or the victim suddenly has something to Read More

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Judge Rules Google Pay Discrimination Case Can Proceed

A class action lawsuit filed against Google alleging pay discrimination based on gender will move forward after a ruling by California Superior Court Judge Mary E. Wiss. The original lawsuit was dismissed in December after a judge ruled the plaintiffs defined the classes of workers affected by the policy too generally. The plaintiffs then filed Read More

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SkyWest Airlines Employee Awarded $2.45 Million in Wrongful Termination Suit

A U.S. District Court recently awarded $2.45 million in damages to John Hayes, a former employee of SkyWest Airlines, in a wrongful termination lawsuit. In the case, Hayes alleged the company had engaged in discrimination and wrongful termination. The verdict included $450,000 in actual damages and $2 million in punitive damages. The issue began when Read More

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Cardiovascular Systems to Pay $25 Million in Jury Verdict

A jury in California has awarded $25.1 million in damages to a former employee of Cardiovascular Systems Inc. after determining the company wrongfully fired him. The employee, who was at one point a regional sales manager for CSI, filed the lawsuit against the company in 2015. In the suit, he claimed the medical device manufacturer Read More

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