10th Circ.'s Broad View of SOX Puts Employers Bar On Edge

Law360, New York (June 5, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a broad interpretation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by ruling that the law protects employees who blow the whistle on a wide range of company wrongdoings, not just fraud against shareholders — in a decision legal experts say weakens the management bar’s narrow reading of the law.

In a published opinion, a three-judge panel ruled that Lockheed had violated SOX by constructively discharging employee Andrea Brown after she made an ethics complaint about the defense contractor's vice president of communications, Wendy...
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