Ninth Circuit Broadly Interprets Anti-Retaliatory Provision of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Protections

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the whistleblower anti-retaliation protections of the Dodd-Frank Act [DFA] extend to both internal reporters and those who report to the SEC. This differs from recent interpretations of the DFA’s protections for whistleblowers by some courts, and it appears the issue will remain unsettled pending further judicial or legislative action. In this alert, we review the Ninth Circuit’s broad interpretation of the DFA’s anti-retaliatory protections and provide some key takeaways for employers.

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