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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

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 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

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

Whistleblower Set to Receive $4.3 Million From Chicago State University

After years of fending off a whistleblower lawsuit, Chicago State University is set to pay $4.3 million to a former administrator who successfully sued the school in 2010, alleging he was wrongfully fired for exposing questionable contracts. James Crowley’s whistleblower-retaliation lawsuit was the first to be tried under Illinois’ new state ethics act. His complaint alleged that Chicago State University fired him after he refused to withhold documents about former university president Wayne Watson’s employment that a faculty member had sought under the Illinois Open Records Law and for reporting dubious contracts to the state attorney general’s office. Jurors awarded Mr. Crowley ... 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