SCOTUS extends whistleblower protection to private contractors of public companies

The decision in Lawson v. FMR broadens the definition of a whistleblower under the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act

A Supreme Court decision in Lawson v. FMR broadens the definition “whistleblower” under the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act and could mean a change in compliance standards for many companies.

On March 4, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 opinion that employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors can be covered by whistleblower protections under the Act. This means that even private-company employees who allege they were retaliated against as a result of whistleblowing can bring claims against their employer.

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