Tag Archives: whistleblower

Colbert v. Department of Veterans Affairs: A Finding of Whistleblowing Activity

By Berna Shamansurova A Department of Veterans Affairs employee made a nonfrivolous allegation of a protected disclosure when he disclosed facts about an allegedly improper medication distribution procedure. He also alleged that veterans were given unauthorized access to restricted hospital areas. The Merit Systems Protection Board held that disclosure was a “contributing factor of the agency’s […]

DC Whistleblower Case May Come To an End After a Decade

Recently the District of Columbia asked a Washington federal court to grant summary judgment in its favor in a False Claims Act lawsuit that was brought nearly a decade ago by Theresa Weston Saunders, a former employee in its Office of the Chief Technology Officer.  According to the motion, Saunders failed to show how the […]

Reprisal for Whistleblowing: FDA Former Employees File Federal Lawsuit

Six current and former employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed a federal lawsuit against the agency in January, alleging that high-level officials within the FDA intercepted their private correspondence to effectively interfere with their ability to “blow the whistle” on government misconduct. In 2008, FDA employees, including scientists, experts and physicians, started […]

Proposed Budget: A Good Sign for Workers?

Early last week, the Obama Administration released a proposed budget for fiscal year 2013.  Many believe President Obama’s final budget request has no likelihood of passing, but will serve as a line in the sand for the upcoming presidential campaign. Regardless, examining the proposed budget can shed light on current labor and employment trends. It […]

Vol. 2, No. 1

The American University Labor & Employment Forum has published its second volume, issue 1. The full issue can be found here.

OSHA News Release: AirTran Ordered to Reinstate, Reimburse Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co., to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 million in back wages plus interest and […]