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Sarbanes-Oxley: Private or Public?

Posted May 28th, 2019 by in Retaliation Law.

Since its enactment in 2002, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) has left a large, albeit often controversial, footprint in the world of corporate internal controls. As the compliance world has adjusted to the post-SOX era, businesses and courts have observed a growing need to address the current and future SOX requirements of private companies. This has had particular […]

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Confidentiality Agreements as the Basis for False Claims Act Suits

Posted May 8th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

Corporations have long used confidentiality agreements as a cudgel to prevent employees from disclosing information about fraud and abuse to the Government. While each confidentiality agreement must be viewed in light of its individual circumstances, potential whistleblowers may be surprised to learn that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.203-18 actually prohibits the use of government […]

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Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Posted December 8th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

Foreign nationals often play a critical role in providing information necessary to successful enforcement actions. This role is particularly important as the United States seeks to crack down on the American corporations engaging in bribery and corruption while doing business abroad. One of the primary tools the United States Government uses to fight corruption is […]

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Dual-Pronged Protections for Record-Keeping Whistleblowers

Posted August 14th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

Because bribery cannot be conducted transparently without leaving a trail of breadcrumbs directly back to the wrongdoing, any scheme by a registered company to bribe foreign officials will almost certainly run afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (“FCPA”) record-keeping provisions. However, the FCPA’s record-keeping provisions reach well beyond bribery. The FCPA delineates far-reaching rules […]

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GSA Pricing Fraud Basics: What is it and what should you look for?

Posted May 5th, 2017 by in Whistleblower Law.

If you have ever purchased a car, you already know the many headaches associated with price negotiation. You may purchase the car of your dreams only to find out two days later that a friend bought exactly the same car from the same dealer for thousands less. After a bit of internet research, you may […]

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If you’re wondering what’s keeping women out of STEM, don’t discount sexual harassment

Posted March 10th, 2016 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Recently a vibrant debate about increasing the number of women in STEM fields has been taking place in academia, the private sector, and even the federal government. One of the biggest problems is ensuring that young women interested in the sciences stay in STEM fields throughout college and the rest of their careers. Currently, women […]

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Agent Scully and the Hollywood Wage Gap

Posted February 2nd, 2016 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

In late 2014, the Sony Pictures email hack revealed a substantial gender-based pay gap. Of the most notable revelations was that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence was paid substantially less than her male co-stars for her role in American Hustle. The hack also revealed that Hannah Minghella, co-president of Columbia Pictures, earns almost $1 million less […]

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“Master of None” and the freedom to be average

Posted November 17th, 2015 by in Race Discrimination.

Racial disparities on television are nothing new. When I was a child in the late 1980s, I remember having an internal struggle about whether my career of choice would be professional athlete or superhero. I also remember coming to the conclusion that because no superheroes had brown skin, that professional athlete would be the more […]

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Womenomics

Posted October 13th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Japan is not a country that has often been lauded for its gender rights records. Just nine years ago, the Japanese Minister of Health, Hakuo Yanagisawa, famously referred to women as “birth-giving machines” in a statement about the country’s shrinking population. Yet despite the prevalence of such harmful opinions about gender roles, Japan recently surpassed […]

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Speedy Ortiz FTW

Posted September 15th, 2015 by in Gender Discrimination and Harassment.

Punk rock has long been associated with raw energy and disenfranchised white, male youth. However, over the years women and minorities have come to identify with punk rock themes like exclusion from mainstream society, poverty, and life on the fringes. Despite feeling a connection to the music, women, and minorities have long complained of rampant […]

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