SCOTUS: Lawson, et al. v. FMR LLC, et al.: SOX Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees of Private Contractors of Public Companies
In Lawson, et al. v. FMR LLC, et al., the Supreme Court of the United States held that the anti-retaliation whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 apply to employees of privately held contractors where the contractor performs work for a public company. This means that a private firm contracting with a public company is subject to a federal court action if it discharges or otherwise discriminates against its own employee because the employee reported that the public company violated certain provisions of federal law.