Sean McKessy in Ignites (Financial Times), 11/1/16.
The SEC’s recent amicus brief is the second that it has filed in the case on the issue of whistle-blower status. The agency also filed an amicus brief in March, after Vanguard moved to dismiss the case.
“This is a very important [issue] for the SEC,” says Sean McKessy, partner at Phillips & Cohen and former chief of the SEC’s whistle-blower office. “My personal opinion as someone who ran the whistle-blower program is, it’s incredibly important that people know … that if they report internally they should not face negative employment consequences.”