5 Tips For Employers To Avoid SOX Whistleblower Suits

March 5, 2014

Jordan A. Thomas advises employers to create robust internal complaint mechanisms after Supreme Court ruling in Lawson

After a complaint gets filed, companies ought to follow up with workers and make sure they aren't being retaliated against, because recent surveys have shown a significant percentage of employees perceive such retaliation, said Jordan Thomas, chair of Labaton Sucharow LLP's whistleblower representation practice. Lawson raised the stakes for employers that don't have robust internal reporting systems or that don't track claims, he added.

"As a response, responsible organizations should redouble their efforts to strengthen their internal reporting system and protect those who report internally," Thomas said.

The case is Lawson v. FMR, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-3.