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How whistleblowers can remain protected in the workplace

While many New Yorkers may know that whistleblowers are supposed to be protected in the workplace, they might not specifically know what their employee rights are in this situation. There are a number of different laws that protect whistleblowers, and some are specific to certain industries or dependent on context. For this reason, employees might want to begin by consulting an attorney even if they plan to try to resolve the issue in the workplace.

Whistleblower protection expanded by 9th Circuit

The Dodd-Frank Act regulates the activities of banks in New York and around the country. The law also protects employees who report securities violations to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has expanded the whistleblower protections to include employees who complain internally but who do not make formal reports to the SEC.

Employee wins financial award in OSHA case

New York residents may have heard about an Amtrak worker who won $892,551 after being wrongfully terminated by Amtrak. The order was handed down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2010, the man provided information to the company's Dispute Resolution Office related to safety concerns that he had regarding a contractor's work. The following month, he received his first-ever poor performance review.

BlueLinx agrees to pay penalty for severance agreement

New York workers might be interested to learn that BlueLinx Holdings Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $256,000 for requiring outgoing workers to defer their rights to monetary recovery if they file complaints with federal agencies. The SEC reported that about 160 employees signed severance contracts that included the provision, which BlueLinx added in June 2013.

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