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Whistle-blowers nab employer for $18.5 million in false claims

In a settlement of two whistle-blower lawsuits, LifeWatch Services, Inc. will pay $18.5 million on claims that it engaged in a practice of presenting false claims for payment through federal medical programs. The company, which provides medical diagnostic testing services in Wisconsin and elsewhere, did not admit blame in reaching the settlement.

Appeals court: Contract workers have no whistle-blower protections

More and more, companies are hiring contract employees for short- and long-term projects. Contract workers can be less expensive and a little easier to manage. It is, for example, much easier to let go of a contractor than it is to discharge a full-time employee. But maintaining the line between contractor and employee can be tricky at times. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision that either clarified or muddied that distinction for employers.

EEOC: Retaliation tops list in discrimination charges

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that the agency received a record number of discrimination charges in 2011. Once again, charges of retaliation were the most common, with race discrimination charges a close second.

Should you report misconduct in the work place? Probably.

Did you know that 20 percent of employees report that they have been the victim of retaliation for reporting improper behavior on the job? As many Wisconsin residents know, it is against the law for an employer to fire an employee in retaliation against a worker's expressed complaint or concern. A recent article discusses the latest reports about discrimination in the workplace.

Pilot fired after he reported mechanical problems

Most Wisconsin jetsetters would find it hard to believe that a pilot could be fired for ensuring the safety of passengers aboard flights. Nevertheless, a recent story discusses the firing of an employee who was concerned about flight-related mechanical equipment.

SC Johnson in hot water as whistle-blower's suits get approval

A former SC Johnson & Son employee said he was fired by the company after reporting tax fraud allegations to federal officials in 2008. Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, it is a felony offense to take any retaliatory action against a whistle-blower on corporate fraud.

Police dog abuse whistle-blower case may move forward, concl.

We are wrapping up our discussion of a whistle-blower case involving a police officer. While not a Wisconsin case, the situation poses a couple of interesting issues for the court related to external organizations investigating alleged wrongdoing in law enforcement agencies.

Police dog abuse whistle-blower case may move forward, cont.

We are continuing our discussion of a case that will be of special interest to Milwaukee's animal lovers. The animals in question here were police dogs. When a sheriff's deputy agreed to speak with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about a coworker's abuse of the dogs, he did so with the understanding that his identity would not be revealed. He feared retaliation.

Court allows police dog abuse whistle-blower case to move forward

Not every whistle-blower case involves corporate malfeasance on an epic scale. Not every whistle-blower case garners the attention of '60 Minutes' or earns a headline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Most of the time, the case involves a regular employee who reports wrongful or illegal conduct on the part of his employer only to lose his job for his trouble.

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