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The sweeping Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) legislation, signed into law in 2002 following the Enron and WorldCom financial scandals, was designed to police the internal financial accounting practices of publicly traded companies. One of the most important enactments was a procedural mechanism for corporate whistleblowers to bring corporate wrongdoing to the government’s attention and thereby ward off the widespread and lasting damage that can result from the undiscovered malfeasance of publicly traded companies. Remedies under SOX include claims for employer retaliation against whistleblowers who report improprieties up the corporate chain of command.

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