Does SOX protect whistleblowers who steal confidential information?


This article discusses the Labor Department’s Administrative Review Board’s (ARB) recent decision that an employee who took confidential information to support a whistleblower report may be protected from retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).  Littler attorney Edward Ellis provides perspective on this, stating, “SOX’s intent was to protect people exposing shareholder fraud. The ARB took an expansive reading of the statutory language and said it could be a report to any agency involving any fraud.”

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