Senate Panel OKs Antitrust Whistleblower Protections. Exposing Misconduct.

Senate Panel OKs Antitrust Whistleblower Protections

November 2, 2017

Law360, Washington (November 2, 2017, 12:26 PM EDT) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that would heighten protections for whistleblowers who report antitrust violations, allowing them to sue in court if they are fired, demoted or otherwise retaliated against.
The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2017, which passed by a voice vote Thursday, would make it illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who reports a violation of antitrust laws, or a crime connected to antitrust laws. Under the bill sponsored by panel chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, employees would be able to make a complaint to the Labor Department and if the DOL doesn’t take action, sue in court.

Grassley, who cosponsored the bill with former chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said whistleblowers are frequently treated “like skunks at a picnic,” and retaliated against when they risk their careers to tell the truth.

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