An employee of a privately held company (as opposed to a publicly held company that comes under regulatory authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission) is not covered by the whistleblower protections offered under Sarbanes-Oxley, according to a recent appellate decision. The employee is not protected even if his employer provides services to a public entity that is covered by the act.
A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who terminated a pregnant employee is guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The court ruled that because her managers discussed her pregnancy in relation to her termination, saying that her “belly would be in the way,” the comments were discriminatory.
A federal court has awarded a former security officer more than $50,000 in back wages and attorney’s fees after he was fired for refusing to shave his beard as requested by his employer. The officer kept his beard closely cropped but maintained that the beard was part of his religious observance. The court found that the company’s request was religious discrimination.