High Court Mulls Scope Of SOX's Whistleblower Protections

Law360, New York (November 12, 2013, 9:12 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in its first ever Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower case, which asks the justices to determine whether the law's whistleblower protections extend to employees at contractors and subcontractors of public companies if they face retaliation from their employers.

The justices heard an appeal lodged by former Fidelity Investments employees Jackie Hosang Lawson and Jonathan M. Zang of a First Circuit ruling holding that a person who works for a privately held company isn't an “employee” under SOX's whistleblower language — even...
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