The case of Lawson v. FMR LLC created an expansive interpretation of the whistleblower protections afforded to employees under the Sabranes-Oxley anti-retaliation provision. Like many contentious issues in the Supreme Court, the dissent in Lawson, penned by Justice Sotomayor, laid out an extreme vision of the decision’s impact. According to the dissent, even babysitters working for employees of publicly traded companies could seek SOX protections. Given the passage of time since the Lawson decision, have Sotomayor’s concerns come to pass? Are the courts overrun with whistleblowing babysitters?
This article by TELG principal Tom Harrington and TELG managing principal R. Scott Oswald was published by Connecticut Lawyer on June 1, 2015. The full article is available at Connecticut Lawyer. (Site requires paid subscription.)