KCNF Partner Richard Renner Discusses Legal Protections for Whistleblowers with The National Law Review

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Richard R. Renner

On Sunday, October 3rd, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen publicly revealed her identity on the CBS television show 60 Minutes. Formerly a member of Facebook’s civic misinformation team, she previously reported them to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a variety of concerning business practices, including lying to investors and amplifying the January 6th Capitol Hill attack via Facebook’s platform.

Like all instances of whistleblowing, Ms. Haugen’s actions have a considerable array of legal implications – not only for Facebook, but for the technology sectors and for labor practices in general. Especially notable is the fact that Ms. Haugen reportedly signed a confidentiality agreement or sometimes call a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Facebook, which may complicate the legal process.

“Other employees like Frances Haugen with information about corporate or governmental misconduct should know that they do not have to quit their jobs to be protected. There are over 100 federal laws that protect whistleblowers – each with its own focus on a particular industry, or a particular whistleblower issue,” said Richard R. Renner of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, PC, a long-time employment lawyer.

To read the full National Law Review article, please click here.