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$3.5 Million Federal Jury Award in Whistleblower Wrongful Termination Case

At first blush, implementing an employee hotline and following-up on complaints might seem a simple endeavor. The recent $3.5 million federal jury award to an employee terminated after he reported illegal conduct by a supervisor demonstrates that employers must not only have a reporting mechanism...

Obama’s Budget Plan: Protect IRS Whistleblowers from Retaliation

President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2014 includes good news for whistleblowers: Under his plan, the law finally would protect people who report tax cheats to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Although the IRS Whistleblower Program has existed since 2006 - encouraging and rewarding...

Whistleblowing Rutgers Style

One of the more intriguing aspects of the Rutgers' termination of basketball coach Mike Rice are reports , like the New York Times story, that the FBI is investigating the former assistant who released the video of the conduct that led to Rice's firing. The inquiry centers around a letter...

A Whistleblower's Odyssey in Michigan

Bruce Whitman was the police chief for the city of Burton. His odyssey began in 2007 when he was not reappointed as the police chief in November of 2007. He filed suit under Michigan's Whistleblowers Protection Act alleging that he engaged in protected conduct in 2004 for opposing an ordinance where...