Panda Express is one of the country's best known Chinese fast-food restaurants. Even though the California-based company operates over 1,500 restaurants, they are responsible for maintaining a welcoming, safe work environment for all employees.
When a mortgage-backed securities strategist at the global financial services UBS AG was told to publish what he thought were misleading research reports, he complained to his managers. In return, he says, he was fired in retaliation for reporting the illegal conduct in violation of whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
In April 2012, an electrician who worked at a Colorado coal mine noticed a dangerous situation at the mine's conveyer belt, or beltline. When he decided it wasn't being adequately addressed by his supervisor, he filed a report with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which responded by inspecting the mine works and citing the company, New Elk Coal Company LLC, owned by Cline Mining Corporation, with several safety citations. In May, the electrician was fired.
A former chief information officer for a clinical research recruiting company has filed a federal lawsuit against the company after he was allegedly fired in retaliation for reporting illegal conduct -- namely, the company's maintenance of a computer database to track the religion, political views and sexual orientation of applicants for jobs and clinical research studies.
A federal judge has ordered DS Waters of America Inc., operating as Sparkletts, a bottled water company familiar to most Californians, to reinstate one if its delivery drivers and compensate him for back pay and undue medical expenses after it failed to reinstate him after he took approved leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The unusual aspect of this case is that the company he worked for when he took the leave was bought by another company by the time he was ready to return. Nevertheless, the Department of Labor says the failure to reinstate the man constitutes wrongful termination under federal law.