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False Claims Act Case Against Physical Therapy Provider Raises Retaliation Concerns

Does the federal False Claims Act provide sufficient protection to whistleblowers who risk their careers to call out fraud and other misconduct? The case of one health care worker who filed a qui tam lawsuit against her employer, RehabCare Group Inc. raises that very question. According to McKnight’s, a whistleblower brought a False Claims Act lawsuit against RehabCare and its parent company Kindred Healthcare, alleging RehabCare submitted claims to Medicare for therapy services that were inadequate, not medically necessary, and in some cases not even provided. When a whistleblower files a False Claims Act lawsuit on behalf of the federal ... Read More

Whistleblowers Awarded $2.1 Million In False Claims Act Retaliation Case

A husband and wife who sued government contractor ManTech International, claiming they were fired in retaliation for their whistleblower activity, were awarded at least $2.1 million in back pay and damages by a federal jury. Kevin and Muge Cody said the retaliation stems from a False Claims Act lawsuit they filed against ManTech. In that suit, the Codys alleged that to win a bid on a government contract, the company deliberately lowered its pricing for support maintenance on 15,000 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Codys asserted that after winning the contract, ManTech billed the government ... Read More

Jury Awards Time-Share Whistleblower $20 Million In Wrongful Termination Case

A whistleblower who took her corporate timeshare employer to court alleging she was fired in retaliation for calling out dubious sales practices told The New York Times that her “soul feels taller” after a California State jury awarded her $20 million in lost earnings and damages. Patricia Williams, 44, told the New York Times that she has paid a heavy price for reporting unethical and fraudulent practices she says she witnessed at Wyndham Vacation Ownership where she worked as a sales representative. Ms. Williams alleges Wyndham fired her for complaining about various sales practices she witnessed at an upscale time-share ... Read More

CFO Whistleblower Awarded Nearly $2 Million In Wrongful Termination Case

A federal administrative law judge has awarded the former chief financial officer of a chain of medical clinics in the Northwest nearly $2 million, finding credibility with his claim that he was fired in retribution for refusing to wrongfully alter financial reports. Greg Becker, the former CFO of Rockwood Clinic, which operates a dozen primary care clinics in the Spokane, Wash., and Couer d’Alene, Idaho, areas, sued his employer and its parent company, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, in 2012. Mr. Becker alleged that the company repeatedly tried to bully him into lowering the company’s projected losses for 2012 from $12.8 ... Read More

Facing Retaliation, Ad Exec Whistleblower Seeks Injunction Against J. Walter Thompson

Lawyers for a whistleblower whose lawsuit led to the ouster of ad giant J. Walter Thompson’s (JWT) global CEO have asked a judge to consider a possible injunction against the company to bar it from “unlawful conduct” in its treatment of the whistleblower, who has returned to work. Erin Johnson, the worldwide PR Chief for New York City-based JWT, sued the ad agency and its former CEO and chairman Gustavo Martinez in March, alleging he displayed discriminatory behavior, anti-Semitic statements, and violent threats of rape in front of her co-workers. Mr. Martinez resigned a week after the Johnson suit was ... Read More

Counselor Files Federal Complaint Against Haskell University Alleging Whistleblower Retaliation

A counselor employed by Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., has filed a whistleblower complaint against the university, alleging it retaliated against her after she advocated for a rape victim’s Title IX rights. Counselor Angelina Adams was assigned to help a rape victim with support services and academic accommodations in the wake of her rape report and protracted criminal trials that ensued. Her duties included making sure the student received her rights under Title IX, a federal law that requires universities to investigate reports of sexual harassment and take measures to prevent sexual violence on campus. The law also ... Read More

Police Captain Hits Flint, Michigan, Police Chief With Whistleblower Lawsuit

A former Flint, Mich., police officer has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the City of Flint and police Chief Tim Johnson, alleging he was demoted and forced out of a job in retaliation for corroborating another police officer’s claims of mistreatment and gender discrimination. Rodney Williams, the former internal affairs investigator for the Flint Police Department, filed the lawsuit Nov. 9 in Genesee County Circuit Court. His lawsuit stems from an investigation of claims made in a complaint filed by Flint police officer Capt. Leigh Golden. According to MLive, “Golden filed a lawsuit last month after she was reassigned, claiming ... Read More

SEC Reviewing Companies For Compliance With Whistleblower Rules

Federal securities regulators may be ramping up their blitz on companies that attempt to muzzle whistleblowers. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a risk alert this week notifying registered investment advisers and broker-dealers that they will be subject to a regulatory review to check compliance with the agency’s whistleblower protections. SEC staff will review compliance manuals, codes of ethics, employment agreements, severance agreements, and other documents for language that can be used to restrict the rights of employees and ex-employees to communicate with the agency about potential securities violations. “This review is included in examinations as staff deem appropriate,” ... Read More

Whistleblower Prevails Over Masonry Company In Retaliation Complaint

A Pennsylvania masonry products manufacturer has reached a settlement with federal labor officials in which it will pay $135,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to a plant manager who was fired for repeatedly reporting safety and health hazards to upper management. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the plant manager started work at York Building Products, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of masonry materials, on Oct. 1, 2014. Shortly after he began his new job, he identified numerous hazards at the Middletown, Penn., plant that threatened the safety and health of workers. These hazards ... Read More

OSHA Issues New Affordable Care Act Whistleblower Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule defining procedures for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who raise concerns over conduct they believe violates the act’s consumer protections and health insurance reforms. The act also bars employers from retaliating against employees who receive a premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction by purchasing health insurance through an exchange. The rule also lays out time frames and procedures for case hearings before a Labor Department administrative law judge and reviews of those decisions. “This rule reinforces OSHA’s commitment to protect ... Read More