Defense Contractors Face Rising Wave Of Retaliation Claims

By Ben James (August 10, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT) -- Retaliation claims brought against defense contractors by employees claiming they were punished for blowing the whistle on fraud are surging, a development attorneys say is the result of changes to federal law and regulations and an increase in private outsourcing of work related to U.S. war efforts.

Data obtained by Law360 shows that the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General has been receiving a steadily increasing number of reprisal complaints under 10 U.S.C. 2409, which provides whistleblower protections for employees of defense contractors. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 expanded those protections by broadening Section 2409's language...

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