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Top Michigan Health Official faces Manslaughter Charges in Flint water crisis

Michigan’s top medical chief will be tried on three criminal charges related to his handling of the Flint water crisis, including two charges of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of two elderly men who died from Legionnaires disease amid the water crisis. Nick Lyon, who continues to serve as director of Michigan’s Health and Human Services Department, is the highest-ranking public official to date to be charged in connection to the Flint water crisis. According to the Associated Press, Michigan District Judge David Goggins said Mr. Lyon was “corrupt” in his handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that sickened at ... Read More

Jury Sides With Whistleblowers in School Board Retaliation Case

Two whistleblowers who were allegedly fired from California’s Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) in East Los Angeles in retaliation for calling out “lies, fraud, and corruption” within the Board’s leadership have been awarded more than $3 million. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury heard the whistleblower retaliation complaint, brought by Susanna Contreras Smith the ex-superintendent of the school district, and Cleve Pell, the district’s former operations officer, in June 2017. The plaintiffs argued they were wrongfully fired for standing up to cronyism and other misconduct by then-Board of Education and Chief Business Officer Ruben J. Rojas. Lawyers for the whistleblowers ... Read More

DOE Whistleblower Seeking Protection From Alleged Retaliation

A U.S. Department of Energy photographer is seeking whistleblower protection after the agency put him on administrative leave for sharing images he took that may document an improper relationship between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and coal mining mogul Robert Murray. According to The Washington Post, Simon Edelman, the DOE’s chief creative officer, filed a whistleblower complaint with his agency’s Office of Inspector General, which is charged with investigating reports of fraud, waste, and abuse within the department. Such complaints would typically come from whistleblowers within the DOE or whistleblowers with a close working relationship with the agency, such as a ... Read More

Water treatment plant employee files Whistleblower Retaliation lawsuit

A former manager of a water treatment plant is suing the city of Apopka, Florida, in federal court, alleging he was terminated as punishment for raising concerns about poor working conditions at the plant and conditions that threaten public health and safety. Whistleblower Glen Brooks, who worked at the Apopka water treatment plant for 14 years before he was fired in September, says the city’s newly elected mayor in 2014 conspired with three other city officials to “cover up and violate the law as to the illegal conduct and unsafe conditions” at the plant. The complaint also claims the same ... Read More

Beaumont School Principal’s Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint Moves Ahead

BEAUMONT, Texas – An elementary school principal who says she was put on leave and targeted for termination for voicing concerns about test cheating and fraud in her school district will be allowed to move forward with her whistleblower retaliation lawsuit, a Jefferson County Judge has ruled. Jones-Clark Elementary principal Shaunte Guillory sued the Beaumont Independent School District after she was demoted, then placed on paid administrative leave in August and flagged for termination – actions, she claims, that were taken because she talked to state and federal authorities investigating irregularities on standardized tests and financial fraud in the school ... Read More

NYPD Whistleblower Settles Retaliation Lawsuit With NYC

New York City has agreed to pay a former NYPD sergeant $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed against his superiors, alleging they retaliated against him for blowing the whistle on corrupt practices within the department. Robert Borrelli, 50, filed his whistleblower complaint in a Brooklyn Federal court in 2013 after being rebuffed by the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the New York Daily News reported. Mr. Borrelli alleged his former commanding officers at the 100th Precinct ordered felony complaints he prepared to be downgraded to misdemeanors, which would create ... Read More

Watchdog Calls for Investigation Of Congress Members Benefiting From Payday Lending Industry

The watchdog organization Campaign for Accountability (CfA) has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate 11 members of Congress who allegedly accepted financial contributions from the payday lending industry just before, and in some cases right after, taking official actions that benefit the industry but harm the consumer. Payday lenders are notorious for predatory lending practices that take advantage of low-income individuals and families by charging extremely high interest rates on loans, then compounding the debt by rolling fees and higher interest for late payments into new loans, trapping millions of workers in a cycle of debt from which ... Read More

Louisville Police Officer Files Second Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit Against City

A Louisville, Ky., police officer who settled a whistleblower complaint against the city for $450,000 in April 2014 is suing the city again for what his lawyer described as “a conscious course of conduct to run him out of the department” because of the previous suit. According to WDRB Louisville, Officer Barron Morgan filed his second complaint against the city in Jefferson Circuit Court Sept. 29 describing the retaliation he allegedly experienced since the 2014 settlement. Officer Morgan claimed that his testimony on behalf of another police officer who also sued the city added fuel to Louisville Metro Police Department’s ... Read More

Whistleblower Exposes Environmental Crimes At Industrial Laundry Plant

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two managers of a Portland textile cleaning plant pleaded guilty to criminal environmental pollution charges, thanks to the efforts of whistleblower who could no longer stay silent about the wrongdoing he witnessed. NBC affiliate KGW Portland reports that Paul Downard, a former maintenance engineer for the linen and uniform-cleaning company ALSCO, alerted authorities about a deceptive practice the company used to alert workers to the arrival of city inspectors. Mr. Downard told KGW that that the company used “smoke and mirrors” to trick city inspectors into thinking it was complying with environmental laws. Whenever a city water ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint Leads To $500,000 Settlement For NJ Clerk

The City of Long Branch, N.J., has agreed to pay a former personnel clerk $500,000 to settle a whistleblower retaliation complaint alleging she was fired for voicing concerns about questionable payments and other misconduct involving city officials. Julie Acerra, 65, served as the City of Long Branch’s chief personnel clerk from 1995 until 2011, the year she claimed she was fired for her whistleblowing activities. New Jersey, like most other states, has laws that prohibit an employer from lashing out at an employee who complains about corruption and illegal misconduct in the workplace. That state’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) is ... Read More