Court agrees Bay Area man was fired for whistle-blowing; upholds $8 million verdict. Exposing Misconduct.

Court agrees Bay Area man was fired for whistle-blowing; upholds $8 million verdict

February 26, 2019

A federal appeals court upheld about $8 million in damages Tuesday to the former general counsel of a Bay Area laboratory who was fired after telling company officials about possible bribery and records falsification by the lab’s employees in China.

Bio-Rad Laboratories said it fired Sanford Wadler in 2013 for poor performance and found no evidence of wrongdoing by its employees. But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said there was evidence to support a 2017 verdict by a federal court jury in San Francisco that Wadler had acted as a whistle-blower and was dismissed in retaliation for reporting conduct that he “reasonably believed” to be illegal.

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