Summary: More coverage of the recent Labaton Sucharow (a law firm that works with investors and whistleblowers) survey that showed 26 percent of Wall Street workers surveyed had observed wrongdoing in the workplace. More than that (30 percent) said they felt the structure of their company put pressure on employees to compromise ethical standards or violate the law.
Key Quote: “When misconduct is common and accepted by financial services professionals, the integrity of our entire financial system is at risk,” Jordan Thomas, partner and chair of the law firm’s whistle-blower representation practice, said in a statement.
The findings resonate with a popular perception of the industry.
Summary: A Japanese whistleblower at Olympus says that he still faces retaliatory treatment for blowing the whistle, despite the Japan Supreme Court ruling in his favor last month. In 2008, the whistleblower raised concerns about colleagues’ behavior and relayed a supplier’s complaint to supervisors. His case was the first whistleblower case to reach Japan’s highest court, which found that his demotion and treatment after raising the concerns had been retaliatory and illegal.
Summary: A whistleblower at the Atlanta water department has alleged that drinking on the job is a common occurrence. In one case, an employee was seen purchasing a case of beer and opening a can as he walked back to his city vehicle.
Summary: A former New Mexico Department of Health employee filed a whistleblower suit against the state, claiming it violated the Whistleblower Act when he was suspended, and eventually fired, for alleging fraud at the agency.
Summary: A former assistant principal of a Texas school has filed a whistleblower suit against the district, alleging that he was fired for reporting falsification of student attendance and misuse of booster club funds.
Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.