Revival Of SOX Case Stokes Confidentiality Concerns

By Ben James (October 20, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT) -- The revival of a Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower case brought by an ex-Celanese Corp. worker who took the Social Security numbers of 1,600 employees to facilitate a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service about the company's accounting practices bodes ill for employers trying to enforce confidentiality policies, attorneys say.

In a Sept. 28 decision, the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board reversed an administrative law judge's June 2009 ruling that granted Celanese summary judgment and dismissed the complaint brought by Matthew Vannoy, who started work at the industrial chemical company as a contract employee in 2004.

Vannoy was suspended without pay...

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