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When Blowing The Whistle Loses Protection

Law360, New York (March 25, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT) -- In mid-February, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit opinion in Wood v. SatCom Marketing LLC answered the question, "when does blowing the whistle lose its protection?" by affirming the dismissal on summary judgment of a discharged employee’s whistleblower retaliation claims even though the employee’s termination was linked to complaints about alleged workplace violations.

A significant new opinion in the rapidly developing whistleblowing area, Wood recognizes the limits on how often, to whom and under what circumstances a whistleblower can blow the whistle to bring attention to the same condition or charge before his or her initially protected conduct loses its protected status...

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