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Whistleblower’s Speech Protected: Worker Gets Job Back, Plus Lost Wages and Attorney Fees

Whistleblower’s Speech Protected: Worker Gets Job Back, Plus Lost Wages and Attorney Fees

by Rick Turoczy on February 23, 2005

While workers may not be free to blog to their hearts’ content (as discussed in our earlier blogs), they do have rights to question their employers’ accounting practices without losing their jobs.

Last week a judge for the Department of Labor ordered a Virginia bank to reinstate an employee who was fired for questioning its accounting practices. The judge also awarded the worker nearly $65,000 for lost wages and other damages, recognizing that he was a whistleblower under a fairly new federal law, the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The worker was the first person to win whistleblower protection under this law last year, when the judge found that the company had wrongfully fired him.

Whistleblower’s Speech Protected: Worker Gets Job Back, Plus Lost Wages and Attorney Fees

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