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Flint Administrator’s Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Revived on Appeal

A former Flint, Michigan city administrator’s whistleblower retaliation complaint against the city has been revived by a federal appeals court. According to Michigan Radio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said there’s a key dispute over significant facts in Natasha Henderson’s whistleblower claim that a jury should sort out. “Henderson has mustered sufficient circumstantial evidence of a retaliatory motive to prevent summary judgment,” Circuit Judge Jane B. Stranch wrote in an opinion as part of a three-judge panel, according to MLive. In August 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox dismissed Ms. Henderson’s complaint against the city of Flint, ... Read More

Court Allows Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Against New Mexico DA to Stand

A whistleblower lawsuit against a southern New Mexico district attorney has survived a second attempt by the defendant’s attorneys to get the case dismissed. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that New Mexico state judge Jarod Hofacket denied a motion by lawyers representing Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio to reject a whistleblower lawsuit brought by Marylou Bonacci, a former office manager at Mr. D’Antonio’s office. According to the Sun-News, Ms. Bonacci claims she was terminated in retaliation for speaking out against corruption and other wrongful conduct she allegedly witnessed in the D.A.’s office. The whistleblower lawsuit, which Ms. Bonacci filed ... Read More

Utah Transit Whistleblower Wins Wrongful Retaliation Case

The Utah Transit Authority has been ordered to reinstate and compensate a former employee it fired after he raised concerns about safety violations. Michael Clara, who worked for the Utah Transit Authority as a transit planner, filed a complaint against the transit agency claiming he had been wrongfully terminated for voicing his concerns about alleged violations internally, the Associated Press reported. On Aug. 13, U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Lee Romero Jr. ruled in Mr. Clara’s favor, saying the UTA “unlawfully discriminated against Mr. Clara.” The judge ordered the UTA to reinstate Mr. Clara to his former position ... 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

Whistleblower’s Suit Against Roche, Humana Survives Motions to Dismiss

A whistleblower’s $45 million False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Humana and Roche Diagnostics engaged in an illegal kickback scheme and other health care fraud will stand after an Illinois federal judge rejected two motions to dismiss the allegations. Crystal Derrick, a former Roche account manager, filed the whistleblower complaint on behalf of the U.S. government in 2014, HealthPayer Intelligence reports. She alleges that Roche improperly dismissed debt Humana owed to Roche in a bid to keep Roche Diagnostic’s diabetes testing products on Humana’s formularies. The deal also helped bar competitor products from Humana’s formularies, the whistleblower complaint alleged. According to Louisville Business ... Read More

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Battle With Vape Company

Federal authorities have ordered a California-based e-juice producer to reinstate and compensate a whistleblower who claimed he was fired in retaliation for reporting health and safety violations. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it ordered Mr. Good Vape LLC of Chino, California to reinstate the whistleblower and pay him $110,000 in compensation. The agency said the whistleblower, a former company manager, reported his concerns about the e-juice producer’s use of certain ingredients to the California Department of Environmental Protection. E-juice is the liquid used in vaping devices. Mr. Good Vape, which calls itself a “small craft company,” ... Read More

JetBlue Ordered to Reinstate and Pay Damages to Flight Attendant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has called for the reinstatement and repayment of a JetBlue Corporation flight attendant who was terminated by the company for pointing out safety issues on one of the company’s planes. This order will require JetBlue to clear the flight attendant’s personnel file as well as pay $143,783.66 in compensatory damages, attorney fees and back pay. The order also requires the company to make all of their employees fully aware of their whistleblower protections. In July 2015, one of the passengers aboard a flight service from John F. Kennedy International Airport gave a flight ... Read More

OSHA Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Case With Ohio Co

A whistleblower who lost his job after reporting his concerns about unsafe working conditions at an Ohio-based environmental remediation and emergency-response company will receive $21,000 in back wages, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The agency ordered Environmental Management Specialists Inc. (EMS) of Steubenville, Ohio, to compensate the worker for the lost work and to erase from his employment record his termination and all references to it that could harm his ability to find other employment. The worker, a field technician, claimed that EMS fired him after he filed whistleblower complaints with OSHA alleging EMS violated occupational ... Read More

Court Reinstates LHC Home Health Nurse’s Whistleblower Case

A nurse who filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against her employer even though she wasn’t demoted, harassed or terminated, can move forward with her case, a federal appeals court ruled. Sue Smith, a former nursing director for Louisiana-based home health care agency LHC Group Inc., filed the whistleblower retaliation lawsuit after she allegedly became aware of a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. Ms. Smith worked at LHC’s home health office in Lexington, Kentucky. According to Business Insurance, Ms. Smith claims employees of the home health office routinely sidestepped federal rules and admitted patients into care without the clinical evaluation ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses Tesla of Retaliation

A former Tesla manager has filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against Tesla Inc. claiming the California automaker fired him after he reported to his superiors allegedly shady sales practices that involved the company misclassifying defective cars and selling them to customers. Adam Williams, who formerly worked as a regional sales manager for Tesla in New Jersey, filed the whistleblower complaint under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), commonly referred to as the state’s “whistleblower law.” He filed the suit in New Jersey Superior Court. According to The Verge, Tesla adamantly denies Mr. Williams’ allegations that it routinely failed “to disclose ... Read More