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Goodwill Driver Fired After Witnessing Coworker’s Horrific Death

A former Goodwill truck driver who witnessed a coworker’s horrific on-the-job death last September says that the charitable organization fired him when he returned from a weeklong break to deal with the psychological trauma of the accident. Dave Goudie, 56, told The Sacramento Bee that instead of providing sympathy and support in the wake of the gruesome accident, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada instead fired him after he returned to work from a paid administrative leave. Mr. Goudie told The Bee Goodwill fired him in retaliation for being a safety-minded employee who had warned the organization about multiple ... Read More

Maui Whistleblower Alleges Retaliation For Reporting Helicopter Misuse

A whistleblower who accuses two Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) officers of using federally funded helicopter operations for personal use says he faced retaliation for reporting the alleged misuse. An employee of the DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement told Hawaii News Now that the Division rents helicopters to conduct federally funded flyovers of Maui as part of its marijuana eradication missions. But on one of those missions, two DOCARE bosses used one of the federally funded helicopters to fly to a remote part of the island for personal purposes, according to the whistleblower. “Two of ... Read More

CFTC Adopts Stronger Whistleblower Rules and Protections

Anti-retaliation whistleblower protections are getting a new boost under the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), after the agency’s board unanimously approved amendments to current rules in an effort to make it less risky for would-be whistleblowers to call out fraud and other wrongdoing. Changes to the Commodity Exchange Act will now allow the CFTC and whistleblowers to bring an action against an employer in cases of alleged retaliation. The amendments also bar employers from using confidentiality, pre-dispute arbitration, or similar agreements to obstruct potential whistleblowers from communicating with CFTC staff about possible commodities laws violations, the agency said. In ... Read More

Jury Awards Whistleblower $1.5 Million in Retaliation Case

A former fire investigator for the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department was awarded $1.5 million by a jury who found the investigator had been fired in retaliation for voicing safety concerns about construction work on a fire department office building. The Charlotte Fire Department fired Crystal Eschert in 2014, claiming a controversial facebook comment she posted on her personal page was offensive and inflammatory and could have ignited trouble in Charlotte at a time when riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, over police slayings. Eschert’s facebook comment said: “White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson … Where is Obama? ... 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

Railroad Whistleblower Awarded $250K In Retaliation Case

An administrative law judge’s ruling in favor of a whistleblower who accused Pan Am Railways of retaliating against him after he reported being injured on the job was upheld on appeal. The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ordered Pan Am Railways to pay $250,000 in punitive damages and an extra $10,000 for emotional distress to former employee Jason Raye of Waterville, Maine. Mr. Raye claimed that he stepped on a pile of railroad ties that he previously reported to his supervisor as a workplace hazard and that he injured his ankle in the accident. According to CentralMaine.com, ... Read More

U.S. Appeals Court Says Vanguard Whistleblower Lawsuit Should Be Heard

A former in-house tax lawyer for investment giant Vanguard Group should have his whistleblower retaliation complaint heard, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The appeals court ruled last week that the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia should reconsider David Danon’s lawsuit against his former employer alleging the mutual-fund behemoth fired him for voicing his objections over federal and state income tax underpayments. Mr. Danon says Vanguard’s alleged underpayments amounted to billions of dollars. Mr. Danon claims Vanguard violated the whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 when it wrongfully terminated him. Writing for the three-judge panel, ... Read More

State of Virginia Pays U.S. $7.15 Million To Resolve SNAP fraud allegations

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will pay $7.15 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit that accused it of defrauding the federal government by manipulating data it provided to the U.S. for “food stamp” reimbursements. U.S. authorities, including the USDA Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Justice Department’s Commercial Litigation Branch, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin, filed the False Claims Act suit after a nationwide audit of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) uncovered suspicious activity within VDSS’ processing and administration of SNAP benefits. The U.S. government funds SNAP benefits, but ... Read More

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Case Against Philadelphia Police Commander, City

A former horse handler for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit who accused the city and his commander of retaliating against him for voicing his concerns about the lack of exercise some horses were getting has won a whistleblower lawsuit. Joel Allen, whose father was a mounted police officer in the 70s and 80s, filed a formal complaint against his commanding officer in 2014 out of a concern for the horses in his care. According to The (Philadelphia) Inquirer, Mr. Allen became a hostler for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol unit in 1986. The civilian job involves cleaning, ... Read More

Water treatment plant employee files Whistleblower Retaliation lawsuit

A former manager of a water treatment plant is suing the city of Apopka, Florida, in federal court, alleging he was terminated as punishment for raising concerns about poor working conditions at the plant and conditions that threaten public health and safety. Whistleblower Glen Brooks, who worked at the Apopka water treatment plant for 14 years before he was fired in September, says the city’s newly elected mayor in 2014 conspired with three other city officials to “cover up and violate the law as to the illegal conduct and unsafe conditions” at the plant. The complaint also claims the same ... Read More