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Whistleblower Protections Extended by Supreme Court


Mar 06, 2014

The Supreme Court voted 6-3 in a decision that extends whistleblower protections to contract workers and potentially many more.

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters.com writes,

"Lawyers representing employers warned that the ruling expands the scope of the provision from roughly 5,000 companies to several million, including small businesses."

The decision came down this past Tuesday and raises questions as to how far whistleblower protections now extend. The written opinion, authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, can be found here.

While the dissent argued that the decision could be extended to include babysitters and caretakers, the majority gave no merit to the idea.

"The majority dismissed such concerns as nothing more than hypothetical and noted that there is not even a single case in which a private contractor has made a claim based on allegations unrelated to shareholder fraud." - NPR

 

The full text of the Reuters article can be found here.

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