SEC Whistleblower Gets Hefty Settlement

The Securities and Exchange Commission is paying almost $600,000 to resolve a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit by a former employee. The employee was fired after raising concerns about computer security and his boss’s inappropriate relationships with several females in the office. The interesting thing about this lawsuit is that, apparently, sexual harassment was one of the complaints that the employee had raised. Although sexual harassment is clearly against the law, it is usually not the basis for a whistleblower claim. This case shows that a whistleblower is not limited to reporting the usual misdeeds, such as fraud, corruption, or public health dangers. Personal conduct of a supervisor is also fair game if such conduct rises to the level of unlawful discrimination.