10th Circ.'s Broad View of SOX Puts Employers Bar On Edge

Law360, New York (June 5, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a broad interpretation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by ruling that the law protects employees who blow the whistle on a wide range of company wrongdoings, not just fraud against shareholders — in a decision legal experts say weakens the management bar's narrow reading of the law.

In a published opinion, a three-judge panel ruled that Lockheed had violated SOX by constructively discharging employee Andrea Brown after she made an ethics complaint about the defense contractor's vice president of communications, Wendy Owen.

Owen, who ran a pen pal program between Lockheed employees and U.S. soldiers in...

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