DOL Broadly Reads Protected Activity In SOX Case

Law360 (April 20, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT) -- A recent ruling in favor of a Lockheed Martin Corp. worker who claimed the company violated the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's whistleblower provision took an expansive view of what constitutes SOX-protected conduct and should serve as a warning to employers, attorneys say.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board ruled on Feb. 28 that an administrative law judge was right when he recommended that complainant Andrea Brown be reinstated and awarded damages.

Brown, who worked as a communications director for Lockheed in Houston, claimed she was forced to quit after making an ethics complaint about the defense contractor's vice president of communications,...

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