Firm Memoranda

SCOTUS: Lawson, et al. v. FMR LLC, et al.: SOX Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees of Private Contractors of Public Companies

Date: 03/06/14

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.

CGR Memo - SCOTUS - SOX Whistleblower Protections Cover Employees of Private Contractors of Public Companies.pdf (pdf | 132.73 KB )