In an article titled Whistleblower Ruling May Make Workers Clam Up, Law360 quotes whistleblower attorney Jason Zuckerman about the potential impact of State v. Saavedra, a case that exemplifies a pernicious trend of criminalizing whistleblowing. The article states in part:
Would-be whistleblowers might think twice before absconding with confidential information from their employers after a New Jersey appeals court recently upheld a criminal indictment against a worker accused of stealing confidential documents to support a lawsuit, and some may be discouraged from coming forward at all, lawyers say . . . . Zuckerman Law’s Jason Zuckerman, who also represents whistleblowers, called the Saavedra ruling “wrongly decided” but said that its impact would be tempered by the fact that referring such cases to prosecutors could easily backfire on employers.
“The decision will likely have a chilling effect on whistleblowers, but it also presents challenges for employers because it will encourage employees to make disclosures directly to the government, rather [than] raising concerns internally,” Zuckerman said.
A worker who forks over employer documents to the government faces little or no risk of prosecution, but that’s not the case for an employee who holds onto a trove of documents just to pursue a retaliation claim, Zuckerman said.
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- Described by the National Law Journal as a “leading whistleblower attorney,” founding Principal Jason Zuckerman has established precedent under a wide range of whistleblower protection laws and obtained substantial compensation for his clients and recoveries for the government in whistleblower rewards and whistleblower retaliation cases. He served on the Department of Labor’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve OSHA’s administration of federal whistleblower protection laws. Zuckerman also served as Senior Legal Advisor to the Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. At OSC, he oversaw investigations of whistleblower claims and obtained corrective action or relief for whistleblowers.
- Matt Stock is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and former KPMG external auditor. As an auditor, Stock developed expertise in financial statement analysis and internal controls testing and fraud recognition. He uses his auditing experience to help whistleblowers investigate and disclose complex financial frauds to the government.
- Zuckerman was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” (2020, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2009, and 2007), selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of employment law (2011-2021) and in SuperLawyers in the category of labor and employment law (2012 and 2015-2021), is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, based largely on client reviews, and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer reviews
- We have published extensively on whistleblower rights and protections, and speak nationwide at seminars and continuing legal education conferences. We blog about new developments under whistleblower retaliation and rewards laws at the Whistleblower Protection Law and SEC Awards Blog, and in 2019, the National Law Review awarded Zuckerman its “Go-To Thought Leadership Award” for his analysis of developments in whistleblower law.
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