U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, not more broadly.

The justices said that a part of the Dodd-Frank Act that protects whistleblowers from being fired, demoted or harassed only applies to people who report legal violations to the SEC. They said employees who report problems to their company's management but not the commission don't qualify.

People who report issues to their company's management, to another federal agency or to Congress are still protected against retaliation but under an older law, the...

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