Thursday, July 29, 2010

Whistleblower Wins $1.175 Million Verdict

A former office assistant for the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners was recently awarded with $1.175 million by a Sacramento Superior Court jury for the damages she suffered from the retaliation.

Carole Arbuckle claims that the retaliation occurred after she discovered that a board member’s chiropractic license has temporarily lapsed in 2001. She then reported the incident and soon after, she allegedly found herself attacked and forced out of work.

She was demoted and was forced to go on a disability leave before she was transferred to another state job where she received lower salary. Arbuckle claims that she suffered $750,000 losses from the board’s actions which included her retirement losses.

Arbuckle now awaits the jury’s decision whether she will also receive punitive damages for the actions of her supervisors.

In this case, the whistleblower was retaliated for reporting the wrongdoings of the board. The retaliation then resulted to her financial losses and so it is compensated after a jury found that her allegations were true.