US Steel Rescinding Immediate Injury Reporting Policy in Settlement of Two Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

  In a settlement of two Section 11(c) whistleblower retaliation cases, US Steel agreed to rescind and not enforce its Immediate Reporting Policy.  US Steel’s Immediate Reporting Policy discouraged employees from reporting injuries because they risk…

Whistleblower Disclosures to Federal Agencies Are Protected Under the Work Product Doctrine

Magistrate Judge Nita Stormes’ recent ruling in BofI Federal Bank v. Erhart suggests that the attorney work product doctrine can protect whistleblowers’ confidential disclosures to government agencies from discovery in civil litigation.  A bedrock principle undergirding…

OSHA Fines Employer $105,000 for Retaliating Against an Employee Who Complained About Mold Exposure

IFCO Services N.A. (IFCO) has agreed to pay $105,000 for violating Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it terminated Debra Walters, an office manager, for her disclosures about mold exposure. When…

SEC Enforcement Action Clarifies Broad Scope of Anti-Gag Provision in Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules

Recognizing whistleblowers’ vital role in combating securities fraud, the SEC has issued a cease-and -desist order against BlueLinx Holdings Inc. for using overly broad confidentiality provisions in severance agreements that would likely deter employees from…

Whistleblower Lawyer Will Speak at BNA Bloomberg Webinar on New Developments in Whistleblower Law

  Whistleblower lawyer Jason Zuckerman will speak at a BNA Bloomberg on New Developments in Whistleblower Law on September 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET. Zuckerman is privileged to join distinguished experts Jane Norberg, Acting Chief, SEC Office of…

What is Contributing Factor Causation in a SOX Whistleblower Case?

  Most of the corporate whistleblower protection laws enforced by OSHA, including the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection law, require the whistleblower to prove that the protected whistleblowing was a “contributing factor” in the employer’s decision to…

Whistleblower Protection Lawyer Teaches DC Bar Course About Handling Whistleblower Cases

Whistleblower protection lawyer Jason Zuckerman lectured at a DC Bar course on July 18, 2016 titled “Handling Whistleblower Cases: More Than the Basics.”  The course addressed the following topics: Some might say whistleblowers are the…

Whistleblower Protection Law Firm Files Amici Curiae Brief Urging the ARB Not to Weaken Whistleblower Protection Laws

Jason Zuckerman and Dallas Hammer Zuckerman Law, a Washington DC law firm representing whistleblowers nationwide, filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Truckers Justice Center, Teamsters for a Democratic Union,…

CFTC Announces Second Whistleblower Award in 2016 as the Agency’s Whistleblower Reward Program Picks Up Steam

By Dallas Hammer Today the CFTC announced it has awarded a whistleblower $50,000 for information provided through its whistleblower award program.  In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act created whistleblower award programs at the SEC and CFTC…