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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 Study Underscores Psychological Impact on Informants

Whistleblowers are often lauded for their efforts in exposing fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, and other wrongdoing, but those heroic efforts can come at a high cost. A recent whistleblower study conducted by Dutch researchers and published in the U.S. journal Psychological Reports assesses some of the material and psychological tolls whistleblowers typically experience when they stand up to illegal and unethical activity. The study concluded that whistleblowers need to be better protected from retaliation and other negative fallout when society benefits so much from their actions. According to the empirical study, conducted by researchers at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, ... 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

Jury Awards Whistleblower $1 Million in Retaliation Case

A federal jury in Portland, Oregon awarded a former whistleblower $1 million in a retaliation case against a now out-of-business telemarketing firm. According to The Oregonian, Max Zweizig of New Jersey worked as the information technology director for the Oregon-based Northwest Direct Teleservices Inc. from 2001-2003. In 2004, he filed a lawsuit against Timothy Rote, the company’s owner and president, alleging he was fired in retaliation for alerting law enforcement authorities that the company was overbilling some clients. Mr. Zweizig’s whistleblower complaint originally went to arbitration and he was awarded $75,375 for lost wages and damages, but the judgement hasn’t ... 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

Whistleblower Settles Retaliation Complaint With Bowling Alley

A mechanic who filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against the Chicago-area bowling alley where he formerly worked will receive $40,000 in back wages as part of a consent judgment between the employer and federal regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the mechanic filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that Lucky Strike Entertainment LLC, a bowling center in Lombard, Illinois, terminated him in June 2015 in retaliation for voicing concerns about unsafe working conditions. Federal statutes regulating workplace safety prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who raise concerns over workplace conditions or practices that put the safety and health ... Read More

Whistleblower: Utah City Failed To Investigate Hundreds of Serious Crimes

A Utah police officer has filed a federal whistleblower complaint against the City of Ephraim, Utah, and its city manager alleging he was targeted for retaliation after voicing concerns about the Police Chief’s alleged mishandling of hundreds of police reports. Darren Pead was one of three officers who resigned from the five-member Ephraim Police Department after alleging that Police Chief Ron Rassmussen failed to complete hundreds of police reports, leaving scores of serious crimes to go “un-investigated,” the whistleblower complaint alleges, according to the Associated Press. Officer Pead discovered the alleged problem after the police department switched to a method ... Read More

Minnesota Health Dept Whistleblower Says Bullying Impedes Investigations

A whistleblower alleges she was fired from her Minnesota state management position after calling out a “toxic culture of bullying” within the state agency charged with responding to reports of elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes and other care facilities. Nancy Omondi served as the director of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Health Regulation Division, which oversees several bureaus, including the Health Systems Bureau and the Office of Health Facilities Complaints, from September 2016 to late November 2017. The complaints bureau is the office that investigates reports of elder abuse and neglect in health care facilities and homes. According ... Read More

Whistleblower Fired For Contesting Asbestos Violations Awarded $173,000

Federal authorities ordered a New York demolition and construction company to pay a whistleblower it allegedly fired for reporting asbestos safety concerns more than $173,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that it investigated Champagne Demolition LLC, an Albany-based company, and its owner Joseph Champagne in response to a worker’s complaint about improper asbestos removal practices at a New York school site. Although OSHA didn’t provide details about the alleged asbestos violations, companies that fail to follow specific procedures for proper removal not only endanger their workers but potentially expose others as well. On June 10, 2010, the ... Read More

Whistleblower Wins Long Retaliation Dispute With New Jersey City

A former assistant attorney with New Jersey’s Orange Township has emerged victorious in a protracted whistleblower retaliation case in which he alleged he was fired after he stood up to a superior who ordered him to carry out illegal actions. Orange Assistant Attorney John McGovern sued the city five years ago claiming he was wrongfully fired in violation of the state’s whistleblower protections, but his complaint has been bogged down in appeals and uncooperative city officials who flaunted court orders. According to NJ.com, Mr. McGovern had worked for the city for five years in the legal department, mostly dealing with ... Read More