U.S. May Reimburse DOE Contractor's $5M Judgment

Law360 (February 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A $4.7 million judgment awarded to a cyber-security analyst who sued his employer after being fired for exposing security breaches may be paid by the government, the energy secretary reportedly told Congress this week.

The U.S. Department of Energy has a controversial policy of reimbursing its contractors for judgments and legal fees they incur while fighting whistleblower cases. Lawmakers have proposed legislation several times to change the policy, though it remains in place.

This case involves Shawn Carpenter, a former employee of Sandia National Laboratories, which...
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