DOL Ruling Makes SOX Whistleblower Cases Harder To Beat

Law360, New York (May 1, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT) -- A recent ruling that draws a line between worker retaliation cases under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and those under Title VII by establishing that whistleblowers have a lighter burden of proof underscores the U.S. Department of Labor's continuing push to raise the bar for nixing whistleblower complaints, lawyers say.

The DOL's Administrative Review Board's decision, which revived the SOX case of fired American Commercial Lines Inc. in-house lawyer Angela Zinn against the marine transport company, was not the first time the ARB distinguished SOX from Title VII,...
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