Can HR get ahead of rising whistleblowing, ageism complaints?

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When a federal jury in Portland, Ore., recently awarded Suzanne Ivie $2.4 million in damages over her firing from AstraZeneca, it marked the convergence of two legal trends that are catching the attention of HR departments. Her mixed verdict on whistleblower and age-discrimination claims mirrors developments across the workplace and portends more litigation on multiple battlefronts in coming years as the workforce ages and society grows increasingly litigious.

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The former executive-level district sales manager prevailed under Oregon’s whistleblower statute for exposing a scheme to “off-label” market anti-inflammatory drugs for unapproved uses, with the jury deciding the global pharmaceutical company had retaliated

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