Stephen Hasegawa tells Corporate Counsel that the OSHA order for Wells Fargo to rehire a bank manager that used the company’s ethics hotline to report fraudulent activity back in 2010 and pay him $5.4 million in back pay is “surprising.”
From Corporate Counsel:
“It was a bit surprising to see that OSHA issued the order,” said Stephen Hasegawa, a partner in the San Francisco office of whistleblower law firm Phillips & Cohen. “Ordinarily these protections are enforced through private actions” or other agencies.
Hasegawa added that the lesson for companies is clear: “You ought to be aware that it is a better company when it enables employees to blow the whistle on fraud.”