Whistleblower retaliation laws provide a wide range of remedies, including damages for lost pay, emotional distress, and harm to reputation and career prospects. In addition, some whistleblower retaliation laws authorize the award of punitive damages.
Jurors often understand the serious consequences of the retaliation that whistleblowers endure, including harm to reputation and career prospects, emotional distress, lost future earnings, alienation and isolation. And jurors appreciate the important value of ensuring that whistleblowers can disclose wrongdoing to their employers or to government agencies without fear of reprisal. Whistleblower disclosures often implicate public health or safety, and whistleblowers serve as an effective early warning system for companies to prevent financial fraud. Accordingly, a strong whistleblower case can potentially result in a substantial jury verdict. The table below identifies some of the larger verdicts or public settlements in whistleblower cases in the past decade. These cases were handled by a variety of laws firms.
A jury awarded six millions dollars to Catherine Zulfer, a former accounting executive who alleged…
In Fink v. R&L Transfer, Inc., the ARB affirmed an award of compensatory damages in…
Jason Zuckerman, founding partner of whistleblower law firm Zuckerman Law, was named…