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Some Points on Why People Stay Silent

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Ethics and compliance officers often need to consider the psychology of whistleblower retaliation and the culture of silence around corporate misconduct. Why do groups of people tolerate things they know are wrong? Why do people punish those who sound the alarm, rather than join them in defense of what’s right?  As you ponder those questions,…

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CAE Dodges Assassination Attempt

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Well here’s a risk one rarely sees in our line of work: the chief audit executive of the South African Broadcasting Corp. dodged a shooting in Johannesburg over the weekend that the company is calling an assassination attempt. Thami Zikode, head of audit at SABC since 2017, left his office in the Auckland Park neighborhood…

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Podcast: CCOs Facing Retaliation

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Today we return to a subject of high importance to compliance officers: how to handle retaliation against yourselves — which, for better or worse, is a reality in this line of work. Several weeks ago I wrote a post recounting the tales of the compliance professionals now suing their former employers, alleging retaliation after those…

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Retaliation Against CCOs: Three Tales

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Compliance officers deal with claims of whistleblower retaliation all the time. Today we’re going to recap three examples much closer to home — compliance officers pressing claims of retaliation themselves. We hear those stories from time to time: a compliance officer reports some concern to management (otherwise known as doing your job), and management responds…

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CBS, Part II: It Gets Worse

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We have an update to our first post about CBS earlier this week, examining the mistakes CBS and its chief compliance officer made while handling a whistleblower retaliation claim from actress Eliza Dushku. Dushku has now elaborated on the harassment she experienced on set for the show Bull, and her tale makes the judgment of…

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CBS Compliance, Culture Under Fire

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Ethics & compliance officers may want to watch the latest corporate governance scandal unfolding at CBS, where the broadcaster’s chief compliance officer seems to have played the starring role in a whistleblower retaliation claim that cost CBS $9.5 million — and reminds us, yet again, how perilous it can be to subordinate ethics and compliance…

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About That Record New Whistleblower Award…

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Take a moment to be dazzled by the $83 million whistleblower award the Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Monday, but spend more time poring over the details and footnotes the SEC included in its award order. Compliance officers may not like the implications of what you find there. The $83 million award was divided…

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New ECI Report on Complaints, Retaliation

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative published its 2018 Global Business Ethics Survey today, with both good and bad news for corporate compliance officers nudging their companies to higher standards of conduct. The good news (ECI divides the report into “good news” and “bad news” sections) is that fewer employees say they personally witnessed misconduct in…

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Supreme Court Whistleblower Ruling, Already in Play

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Well, we have our first instance of a company citing last month’s Supreme Court ruling against Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections to argue against a whistleblower retaliation award. Bio-Rad Laboratories, ordered last year to pay $11 million in a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit, was back in court earlier this week arguing that its damages should be cut by…

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Italy Enacts Whistleblower Protection Law

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This just in from the Rome bureau: Italy has passed a whistleblower protection law, bringing the country one step closer to modern anti-corruption standards taking root across Europe. We don’t have all the details yet because, alas, I don’t speak Italian. But a trusted compliance source in Rome alerted me to this article in the…

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