The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, also known as SOX, protects whistleblowers who provide information about securities fraud, shareholder fraud, bank fraud, violations of SEC rules or regulations, mail fraud, or wire fraud. Specifically, the law covers whistleblowing that seeks to reveal a violation of law that would negatively impact shareholders or investors.
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who discloses fraud under SOX. If we can prove a connection between your whistleblowing and a personnel action, you may be entitled to relief. Relief includes restoration or reinstatement to a prior job; back pay with benefits and interest; recoupment of other losses, such as used leave and medical costs; and attorney fees. In some cases, you may also recover for damages such as emotional harm, loss of reputation, or personal humiliation.
An individual must first pursue a SOX whistleblowing retaliation claim through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) program.
If you think you have suffered illegal SOX retaliation and want to know your rights, contact us. We are committed to giving you information and tools to choose the right path for your case, to maximize your leverage as you try to save your job and career, and to persuasively present your case to the right federal authorities to preserve and protect your rights. During an initial consultation, we can evaluate whether you may have a whistleblowing retaliation claim. During a consultation, we will advise you how to pursue your claim, identify deadlines, and discuss options for legal representation.