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Former VP of State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers Claims to Have Been Forced Out for Whistleblowing

Sg. David “Kawika” Hallums of the Honolulu Police Department said he was removed almost immediately after being sworn in as the vice president of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) because he was a whistleblower. Hallums allegedly received a resignation letter upon being sworn in, and was pressured by other board members 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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California Supreme Court Ruling Makes it More Difficult for Employers to Dismiss Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

A recent opinion from the California Supreme Court makes it more difficult for employers to avoid or dismiss claims of whistleblower retaliation. The ruling came in the case of Wallen Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes Inc. The court unanimously decided to apply more lenient standards of evidence when evaluating whistleblower retaliation claims under the state’s Read More

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Worker Claims Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower Retaliation While Working for U.S. Army Contractor

Kylee Lee, a former military intelligence officer, recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, a U.S. Army contractor, accusing it of whistleblower retaliation in violation of Title VII. Her case is one of many being funded by the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, an initiative that began in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Read More

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Former Bus Driver Sues WMATA for Wrongful Termination and Harassment

A former bus driver for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming she was harassed by supervisors and then terminated after reporting the behavior. The bus driver, Khadija Able, first began driving for WMATA in 2012. She claims to have endured repeated harassment over the course Read More

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Department of Education Accused of Whistleblower Retaliation After Threatening to Suspend Employee who Reported Budget Data

The United States Education Department proposed this September to suspend a budget analyst for five days after she provided information to The Washington Post about the Trump administration’s 2017 budget before it was officially released. The attorney for Rebecca Delaney, the analyst in question, claims the suspension would amount to whistleblower retaliation. Are disclosures to Read More

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OSHA to Begin Handling TFA Whistleblower Complaints

On September 11, the United States Department of Labor announced any whistleblower complaints submitted under the Taxpayer First Act (TFA) would now be handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The TFA was implemented along with a large-scale IRS reform bill passed in July 2018. Among other things, the Act created the opportunity Read More

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OSHA Provides Five-Point Guidelines to Prevent Whistleblower Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a set of recommendations to help companies prevent whistleblower retaliation from occurring in their workplaces. The agency suggests training all employees about their right to report any such issues that arise to OSHA or another appropriate agency. It also encourages employers to implement programs that allow employees Read More

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Former CCO Files Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit Against National Holdings Corp

A former Chief Compliance Officer for National Holdings Corp. claims she was fired after 16 years of working for the brokerage firm after she began investigating allegations of insider trading against executives, including Chairman and CEO Michael Mullen. The lawsuit names a total of 12 defendants plus a pair of businesses owned and operated by Read More

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O’Reilly Auto Sued by EEOC Over Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Incidents

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against O’Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc. (DBA O’Reilly Auto Parts), alleging the company routinely subjected female employees at a store in Orlando to sexual harassment and that it retaliated against one of the employees who spoke up, forcing her to quit. The lawsuit alleges a Read More

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