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Trucking Company Loses Second Appeal In Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A commercial truck driver who nearly froze to death in subzero conditions waiting for roadside assistance that took nearly three hours to arrive could be awarded nearly $300,000 in back pay and other damages after having his wrongful termination case initially denied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld plaintiff Alphonse Maddin’s complaint against his former employer, TransAm Trucking Inc., rejecting the trucking firm’s motion to have to case dismissed. According to court documents, Mr. Maddin was driving a tractor trailer for TransAm in 2009 when he pulled over ... Read More

Internal whistleblowers protected by Dodd-Frank, Massachusetts federal court rules

A federal judge in Massachusetts has ruled that whistleblowers who report fraud and other wrongdoing within their company are protected under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, adding to a growing list of U.S. District Court judges who have made similar rulings. The pro-whistleblower rulings contradict the interpretation of a circuit court ruling earlier this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Massachusetts District Court judge issued an opinion Wednesday that “rejected the argument that Richard Ellington, a former employee of New England Investment and Retirement Group Inc., was ineligible for protection from retaliation under Dodd-Frank because he did not report ... Read More

Defense Department bill institutes better protections for whistleblowers

An estimated 12 million people who receive federal grants and contracts will now also receive whistle-blower protections and legal recourse under a new defense bill sent to President Barack Obama in December. The $633-billion bill, which passed the Senate 81-14, covers the cost of aircraft, ships, weapons, military personnel, Energy Department nuclear defense programs, and the war in Afghanistan. It also contains provisions that would help protect these federal funds against fraud and waste while offering whistle blowers better protections in reporting abuse. Under the new bill, workers who are fired or harassed for reporting fraud, waste, abuse, and ethical ... Read More