A Colorado jury awarded former Raytheon engineer Bruce Casias $43,000 in back pay and $1M in compensatory damages in a Defense Contractor Whistleblower Protection Act (DCWPA) case. The case highlights the broad scope of protected whistleblowing under the DCWPA and the potential to recover uncapped compensatory damages for emotional distress and reputational harm. Congratulations to Mr. Casias and his counsel Ralph Torres.
Raytheon Whistleblower’s Protected Conduct
The scope of protected whistleblowing under the DCWPA includes the disclosure of information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of:
- gross mismanagement of a DOD contract or grant;
- a gross waste of DOD funds;
- an abuse of authority relating to a DOD contract or grant;
- a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or
- a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract.