Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection Extends Only to Employees Who Report to SEC

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Feb 21, 2018

On February 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court narrowed the universe of plaintiffs who can claim protection under the whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).

In a unanimous decision, the Court held that employees are not protected under Dodd-Frank unless they report information relating to a violation of the securities laws to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Employees who only report violations internally within their company, therefore, are not protected by Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions.

Review the decision on the Supreme Court's website and an article on Holland & Hart LLP's website.

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