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Whistleblower Physician Sues D.C. Hospital For Medicare Fraud, Retaliation

An acclaimed Washington D.C. doctor has filed a federal whistleblower complaint against United Medical Center and its management company Veritas of Washington LLC alleging he lost his job in retaliation for standing up to practices that he says compromised patient health and safety and cheated the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Dr. Julian Craig accepted a position as the Chief Medical Officer for United Medical Center, Washington D.C.’s only public hospital, in 2015. He remained there until Nov. 18, 2017, when he was fired after testifying before the D.C. City Council about “the hospital’s improper admission practices, malfeasance affecting patient health ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Case Triggers Push For Better Laws in Oregon

A whistleblower who was fired after calling out dangerous working conditions, waste, contractor overbilling, and other misconduct in Oregon’s Motor Carrier Division has triggered a push for expanded whistleblower protections in the state. Gerritt Law, a weigh-scale technician in the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Division reported his concerns about problems within the agency to his superiors multiple times since taking the job in 2013. But instead of addressing the reported problems, Mr. Law’s superiors fired him. A story about Mr. Law’s whistleblower experience that Salem’s Statesman Journal ran in November caught the attention of state Senator Jackie Winters. ... Read More

Whistleblower Will Ask Louisiana Supreme Court to Reinstate $750K Jury Verdict

A whistleblower who was awarded $750,000 in a retaliation complaint against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) intends to take his case to the Louisiana Supreme Court after an appeals court reversed the original ruling. According to The Advocate, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals said whistleblower Dan Collins and his firm were not covered by the state’s environmental protection whistleblower law because they were independent contractors, not LDNR employees. The DNR contracted Mr. Collins to provide land research services, which the state requires for environmental and industrial purposes. In the course of his work, Mr. Collins discovered that ... Read More

SEC Whistleblower Protections Jeopardized By Proposed Bill

Remember the banking industry and Wall Street fraud that brought the United States to the brink of economic collapse? A new bill introduced by Republican Congress members proposes to dismantle the protections put in place in 2010 to ensure that fraud and loose regulations would never again drag us to into another Depression. It’s astonishing that just seven years after the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed, U.S. legislators with strong ties to the financial industry are poised to destroy the regulations that returned a derailed economy to its tracks. Even the Securities and Exchange Commission’s ... Read More

Court’s Ruling in Digital Realty Retaliation Complaint Allows Broader Whistleblower Protections  

A former sales representative for a San Francisco datacenter acquisition company who claims to have been fired for reporting financial wrongdoing internally may still sue the company as a whistleblower even though he did not contact the federal government, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled February 9. The ruling provides further clarity on what whistleblower activity is protected by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Dodd-Frank law. The question of whether a whistleblower who is fired for reporting financial improprieties to his employer but not federal regulators is one that has divided federal courts in the ... Read More

Montana Legislators Consider Tougher Whistleblower Protections for State Employees

Two bills proposing better whistleblower protections for public workers who speak out against fraud, waste, and abuse with state agencies passed the Montana House last week. According to the Associated Press, one of the bills would prohibit state agencies and programs from retaliating against a public employee who blows the whistle on misconduct. The other would allow the public employee to file a civil lawsuit against a supervisor who attempts to obstruct the whistleblower’s efforts to communicate “a matter of public concern” with a state legislator. The original version of the bills would have made whistleblower retaliation and obstruction criminal ... Read More

OSHA Introduces Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Guidelines For Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its recommended practices for anti-retaliation programs, designed to guide employers in creating workplaces in which workers feel comfortable voicing concerns without fear of retaliation. The guidelines were unanimously endorsed by the 12 members of the Labor Secretary’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. They are intended to help all private and public sector employers covered by the 22 whistleblower statutes that OSHA enforces to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in administering whistleblower protections. According to OSHA, the recommendations can be adapted to most workplaces, and employers can adjust them to accommodate such ... Read More

Roofing Contractor Faces Federal Lawsuit For Firing Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Tampa, Fla., roofing contractor and its owner for violating federal whistleblower protections when they fired their safety manager after he cooperated with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection. Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. and owner/chief executive Brian Wedding violated the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act’s whistleblower provisions by retaliating against the manager, OSHA said in a news release. The agency accuses Jasper Roofing of subjecting the manager to repeated retaliatory acts that ultimately resulted in his wrongful termination after he provided documentation to OSHA regarding the company’s history of safety ... Read More

DOL Sues Jerky Maker For Firing Whistleblower Who Tried To Help Injured Coworker

When a worker at a West Virginia beef jerky manufacturing plant accidentally suffered a thumb amputation on the job, a coworker rushed to assistance, applying pressure to the wound and using her cell phone to call 911. But instead of rewarding her quick action in helping her injured coworker, Lone Star Western Beef of Fairmont, W. Va., punished the worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that John M. Bachman, the company’s owner, ordered the worker to hang up her phone before responders could answer. He then collected the severed portion of the wounded worker’s thumb and told a ... Read More

Senators Seek To Expand U.S. Energy Department Whistleblower Protections

Three U.S. Senators introduced legislation Monday that boosts whistleblower protections for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) employees. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. called for expanded whistleblower protections after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report documented a culture of intimidation and retaliation against employees within the DOE. Currently, DOE whistleblower protections are restricted to the disclosure of safety violations only. The proposed bill would add disclosures about waste, fraud, and abuse to the list of protected whistleblower activities within the agency. The bill would also require DOE contractors to pay the legal and administrative costs in ... Read More