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Kentucky Police Officer Files Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Against Lexington Officials

A longtime Lexington, Kentucky, police sergeant with an exceptional record of community service and heroism has filed a lawsuit against the city accusing his supervisors of retaliating against him for speaking out against alleged sexual harassment targeting three female officers in the department. Sergeant Bryan Jared filed his whistleblower lawsuit in Fayette County Circuit Court Civil Division against Lexington mayor Jim Gray, Police Chief Mark Barnard, and Lexington police commanders Jonathan “Rodney” Sherrod and Thomas Curtsinger. Sgt. Jared, who has been part of Lexington’s police force for 17 years, was hailed nationwide for his heroic efforts in pulling the sole ... Read More

Wells Fargo May Have To Rehire a Second Whistleblower

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alerted Wells Fargo Bank in December that it was likely to order the bank to reinstate a former bank manager it fired in 2011 after she called the company’s ethics hotlines to report suspected fraud. If reinstated, Claudia Ponce de Leon would be the second Wells Fargo whistleblower that the federal government has told the bank to rehire. Ms. Ponce de Leon was the bank manager of a Wells Fargo unit in Pomona, California, when she suspected bankers under her supervision were opening fake accounts for clients in an effort to meet sales ... Read More

Government orders Wells Fargo to reinstate whistleblower

The U.S. government has ordered Wells Fargo Bank to immediately reinstate a former bank manager who was fired after he reported suspected fraudulent activity at the bank. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the San Francisco bank, which has been implicated in a number of whistleblower claims in recent months, must rehire the manager and pay him back pay, compensatory damages, and legal expenses totaling $5.4 million. The manager, who had previously received positive job performance appraisals, told OSHA he was abruptly dismissed from his position at a Wells Fargo branch in the Los Angeles ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses Oregon DOJ of Retaliation For Reporting Perceived Police Threats

A former investigator for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a federal lawsuit against the state and its attorney general March 28 claiming he was wrongfully fired in retaliation for reporting what he believed were anti-police postings on the Twitter account of the state DOJ’s civil rights director. James R. Williams filed his whistleblower lawsuit in an Oregon federal court, claiming the DOJ directed him to test new state-approved software to search for possible threats against police and protests in the Salem, Oregon, area using various hashtags, including #BlackLivesMatter, and other terms. Those searches brought him to the Twitter ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit names Wells Fargo VP As Defendant

The former chief executive of a banking trade group of asset-backed lenders is suing the group and Wells Fargo Bank, alleging he was fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over undisclosed conflicts of interest between the group’s auditing firm and group members. Robert Trojan, the former head of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), which represents banks that make loans to companies backed by assets and accounts receivables, says he found that the CFA’s auditor, Freed Maxick, had undisclosed business relationships with the group’ members and directors and thus wasn’t fully independent. An auditor’s lack of independence effectively meant that the ... Read More

Whistleblower receives $388K from jury in Sonoma State University Retaliation Case

A former staff member of Sonoma State University in Sonoma County, California, who sued the school for allegedly retaliating against him when he spoke out against the mishandling of asbestos-related materials and other health and safety violations, was awarded nearly $388,000. Whistleblower Thomas Sargent, a former campus environmental health and safety specialist and certified asbestos consultant, worked for Sonoma State for 24 years before he says his work environment became so hostile that he was forced to resign. Mr. Sargent’s complaint alleged that violations he witnessed included “lapses in proper care of asbestos-containing floor tiles and of office surfaces that accumulated ... Read More

Whistleblower Claims Retaliation Ended His National Guard Career

A California National Guard Major who spoke out against wasteful and illegal spending and mismanagement in the Army reserve is fighting to overturn what he alleges were career-killing performance reviews, handed down to him in retaliation for blowing the whistle. Retired Maj. Joseph Lovelace, who was on track to become a lieutenant colonel after his Iraq deployment, spoke to the Sacramento Bee about severely poor conditions at Camp Roberts near Paso Robles, California, an Army outpost where old buildings fell into a state of disrepair and decay, sewage bubbled up through showers, and materials bought to repair the facilities sat ... Read More

Judge Declines To Toss Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Against Georgia Lottery

A Fulton County, Georgia, Superior Court judge has denied a motion filed by the Georgia Lottery to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former executive who claims he was fired in retaliation for refusing to support falsely inflated sales projections. In his 2015 whistleblower complaint, Kenneth Knight, former vice president for financial management at the Georgia Lottery, alleges his boss and Georgia Lottery president Debbie Alford pressured him to present falsely inflated sales projections to the lottery board in an April 2014 meeting. Mr. Knight alleged that he spoke out against the false projections but that they were presented ... Read More

NJ Advances Bill To Make Public Whistleblower Cases More Transparent

Spurred by a confidential $1.5 million whistleblower settlement in a case involving alleged criminal wrongdoing by supporters of Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey state lawmakers are pushing legislation that would bring transparency to any future whistleblower settlements involving state, county, and town authorities. New Jersey’s Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the measure after a protracted legal battle that cost state taxpayers $5.3 million ended in October with a settlement that bars whistleblower Ben Barlyn from disclosing details. Mr. Barlyn, former Hunterdon County prosecutor, filed the whistleblower complaint alleging he was wrongfully fired in retaliation for calling out the state’s dismissal of ... Read More

Court Revives Nursing Home Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a nursing home employee’s False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit under the first-to-file rule but has reinstated his claim that he was terminated in retaliation for speaking out against alleged billing fraud. According to Business Insurance, Patrick Gerard Carson sued Toledo, Ohio-based Manor Care Inc. on behalf of the U.S. government in September 2011, alleging that the company was fraudulently overcharging the federal Medicare program for patient care. Mr. Carson also claims that Manor Care terminated him in November 2009 in retaliation for his repeated complaints about the alleged fraudulent ... Read More