Judge rules that Dodd-Frank does not protect foreign whistleblowers

Former General Electric executive was fired after reporting alleged FCPA violations

A former General Electric Co. (GE) employee who says he was fired after reporting potential corruption is not protected by Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas said that the law’s anti-retaliation measures do not apply to Khaled Asadi, as his whistleblowing took place abroad.

In June 2010, while Asadi was working for GE’s Iraq operations, one of his contacts in the Iraqi government allegedly voiced concerns about the company’s hiring of Iman Mahmood. Mahmood supposedly had “close ties” to Iraq’s deputy minister of electricity Ra’ad al-Haris, who was handling negotiations for a $250 million sole-source contract with GE, and the perceived ties between the two led Asadi to voice concerns that the electric company had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Alanna Byrne

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