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Whistleblowers, Taxpayers Lose In Indiana Supreme Court Ruling

There was a huge loss for whistleblowers and taxpayers in Indiana this month. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled against a former state employee who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state, alleging she was fired for speaking out against the misuse of state tax dollars and a lack of oversight governing how taxpayer money is spent. According to Indianapolis’ CALL 6 Investigates, Suzanne Esserman, a former senior environmental manager who worked for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for 25 years, said she refused to rubber-stamp claims and sought oversight for the Excess Liability Trust Fund Program, a fund ... Read More

Whistleblower, Vermont Settle Retaliation Case

A case of alleged whistleblower retaliation involving a former Vermont state employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired for speaking out against contract corruption has been settled. The Burlington Free Press reports that Jacqui Carlomagno, a former grants administrator for Vermont’s Agency of Education, sued the State after she was fired in June 2015 for calling attention to the alleged abuse of federal education funds. Ms. Carlomagno claims the state fired her because of her whistleblower activity. Ms. Carlomagno’s allegations centered on the education agency’s handling of federally funded early childhood education grants. In her whistleblower lawsuit, she alleged that ... Read More

New Jersey Teacher Alleges Whistleblower Retaliation

A third-grade public school teacher has filed a retaliation complaint against the Rochelle Park, New Jersey, township school board and school superintendent alleging the defendants lashed out against him for speaking out against wrongdoing. Teacher Thomas Hornes filed his complaint in New Jersey Superior Court Sept. 14, claiming he was suspended from his job without pay for voicing concerns about Superintendent Geoffrey Zoeller’s conduct on the job. According to NorthJersey.com, the whistleblower retaliation complaint alleges that Mr. Hornes spoke out against Mr. Zoeller at a public meeting in May 2015 regarding refunds owed to parents over a class trip. “Hornes ... Read More

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Whistleblower Awarded $2.48 Million

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s 2016 ruling that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wrongfully terminated a whistleblower employee who accused a preferred IT contractor of waste and wrongdoing surrounding the implementation of a new data systems project. Ralph Bailets alleged the Turnpike Commission fired him in November 2008 in retaliation for his complaints about Ciber Inc., a contractor whose officers had developed a corrupt and cozy relationship with Turnpike Commission leaders though “a steady flow of gifts and targeted campaign contributions,” PennLive reported. In February 2014, Commonwealth Court Judge Rochelle Friedman rejected Ralph Bailets’ lawsuit against the ... Read More

Feds Order Wells Fargo To Reinstate Fired Whistleblower

Federal authorities ordered Wells Fargo on July 21 to reinstate and compensate a whistleblower fired in 2011 after she called the bank’s ethics hotlines to report suspected fraud. Claudia Ponce de Leon, the former bank manager of a Wells Fargo unit in Pomona, California, lost her job after she reported at least three bankers working under her of opening unauthorized accounts for customers under her supervision. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not name Ms. Ponce de Leon in its announcement, but an April 2017 story in American Banker indicated that federal regulators were likely to order her ... Read More

Fired Hartford Whistleblowers will be Compensated

Three whistleblowers are finally getting some relief after federal authorities determined they were wrongfully terminated from a Hartford, Connecticut, health care facility in retaliation for addressing serious public health concerns. Charter Oak Health Center, which provides health care services to underserved communities in the Hartford area, and its former CEO agreed to settle a complaint initiated in early 2012, when the whistleblowers turned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for help. According to OSHA, Charter Oak’s interim senior vice-president for operations, director of nursing, and coordinator of its Healthy Start program actively tried or helped with efforts to ... Read More

Navy Whistleblower Alleges Major Safety Violations

A civilian Navy engineer who spoke out about potentially deadly safety violations and other problems that threaten the lives of Navy pilots says he was fired in June in retaliation for raising concerns. Glenn Schwarz, a civilian aeronautical-engineering technician, claims that his supervisors put him in a highly technical and sensitive job calibrating equipment for weapons systems testing and aircraft support even though he lacked the skills and qualifications for the job, The Washington Free Beacon reports. Mr. Schwarz also claims that on-the-job training managers failed to comply with Navy regulations at the Metrology and Calibration (METCAL) laboratory and across ... Read More

Whistleblower: Wells Fargo Defrauded Mortgage Borrowers

A former Wells Fargo banker has filed a lawsuit against the banking giant, accusing it of firing him in retaliation for standing up against an alleged practice of defrauding borrowers by blaming them for delays in processing mortgage applications that were the bank’s fault, then hitting them with the resulting fees. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mauricio Alaniz, a former banker at a Wells Fargo Beverly Hills unit, alleges in his federal lawsuit that the bank’s mortgage-processing and underwriting division was understaffed, resulting in chronic delays that weren’t the borrowers’ fault. Borrowers applying for mortgages are typically locked into ... Read More

National Guard Whistleblower Gets Help From U.S. Senator

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has gone to bat for a Missouri National Guard whistleblower who was fired in 2014, less than a week after voicing complaints about toxic working conditions and lack of proper tools needed to do his job. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sen. McCaskill sent a letter to the Missouri National Guard July 13 asking what its leaders’ intentions are in light of a Department of Defense determination that Guard officer Michael Sandknop was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for his complaints. In a 34-page report on Mr. Sandknop’s case, Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn ... Read More

Idaho County Must Pay Whistleblower Legal Expenses

An Idaho district judge ordered Ada County to pay all of a whistleblower’s legal expenses, adding more than $664,000 to the $1.74 million the judge ordered the county to pay the whistleblower in March. Rich Wright, formerly a television journalist and Boise Police Department spokesman, sued Ada County, Idaho, in February 2013, alleging he was fired in retaliation for ordering an investigation of harassment complaints raised by some county employees about a commissioner’s office manager, and other alleged misconduct, according to the Idaho Statesman. Mr. Wright’s lawsuit claims he was fired the day after two newly elected county commissioners were sworn in. The ... Read More