SEC Whistleblower Wins the Lottery

Some lucky whistleblower, reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just won the lottery. The SEC reported Monday that it has paid out a whopping $30 million to a non US citizen for information about fraudulent financial activity. The giant payout is the largest award ever paid by the Commissio...

If you’re up for Re-election, Don’t Sexually Harass People

Well, don't sexually harass people ever, but especially then. That's my advice to Palmdale Assemblyman, Steve Fox, the freshmen member who is currently the subject of a lawsuit filed by a former staffer. Nancy Finnigan served as Steve Fox's legislative director for six months, during which time she claims t...

Sheriff’s Deputy Whistleblower Protected from Retaliation

Darren Hager, as recently reported in a whistleblower complaint, was sworn in as a deputy sheriff in November 1988 and was continuously employed as such until he was terminated from employment effective July 28, 2003. In June 1998, then off duty Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Aujay disappeared in the Devils Punchbowl...

What do I do if I’m being Sexually Harassed at Work?

Sexual harassment isn't something most employees expect to have to deal with in the work place. It generally takes employees by surprise and many of them are at a loss as to what to do. You're not alone if you are confused about workplace sexual harassment. You may suspect you're being sexually harassed but aren't ...

Whistle blower protection not limited to first person reporting violations

Whistle blower protection not limited to first person reporting violations In Hager vs County of Los Angeles, the issue was whether a subsequent reporter of illegal conduct could in fact claim whistle blower protection under California Labor Code 1102.5. A secondary issue under the Public Safety Officers Procedural ...

Interns are People Too…but only in California.

Interns and volunteer workers took one step closer to becoming fully fledged human beings in California last week with the signing of a bill by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was authored and introduced by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and will afford protections against sexual harassment in the workplace for unpaid int...

Los Angeles Mayor Urges Neighbors to Adopt Minimum Wage Increase

Los Angeles Mayor Urges Neighbors to Adopt Minimum Wage Increase The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour and hasn't seen an increase since July of 2009. California, apparently valuing its workers a little more than the federal government has set the state's minimum wage at $9.00 per hour with an increase to...

Boston Scientific Counter-claims Against Whistleblowers May Stand…for now. (Part 2)

Whistleblowers Wendy Bahsen and Carolina Fuentes brought a qui tam suit in Federal Court, under seal against Boston Scientific, alleging violations of the Federal False Claims Act (FCA). The suit was unsealed after the Feds and 28 other states decided not to intervene on their behalf. The pair amended thei...

Boston Scientific Counter-claims Against Whistleblowers May Stand…for now.

Whistleblowers Wendy Bahsen and Carolina Fuentes, brought a case against Boston Scientific Corporation's Neuromodulation subsidiary ("BS") in 2011. They filed the qui tam suit, under seal, in a New Jersey Federal Court, asking various state and federal government agencies to intervene on their behalf. Afte...