WASHINGTON, D.C. - The whistle-blower protection provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act protects both contractors and subcontractors working for private companies employed by public companies, the attorney representing two workers told the U.S. Supreme Court in oral arguments on Nov. 12 (Jackie Hosang Lawson, et al. v. FMR LLC, et al., No. 12-3, U.S. Sup.).