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Bloomberg Law – DOL Whistleblower Reinstated

“Bloomberg Law: Lawyer Pushed Out Amid Oracle Pay Case Reinstated by Biden DOL”
Bloomberg Law, February 9, 2021

  • Attorney who sued Oracle resumes her post

  • Trump administration fired her after she refused transfer

The U.S. Labor Department has reinstated Janet Herold as the Western region’s chief legal officer, following her termination in the final weeks of the Trump administration, according to an internal email obtained by Bloomberg Law.

Herold’s return as regional solicitor comes after she filed a whistleblower complaint against Trump Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, alleging he had reassigned her to a non-legal post in retaliation for her having raised objections about his alleged involvement in a high-profile pay discrimination lawsuit against Oracle Corp.

When she refused the involuntary transfer to a Midwest occupational safety office, Scalia fired her effective Jan. 11.

Herold developed a reputation across her eight-state region as an aggressive fighter for workers’ rights, including in wage-and-hour and pay discrimination cases.

“The Department has full confidence in Janet, and SOL will continue to benefit from her talent, leadership, energy and litigation skills,” wrote deputy Solicitor of Labor Elena Goldstein in a message to employees Tuesday.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Ben Penn in Washington at bpenn@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Martha Mueller Neff at mmuellerneff@bloomberglaw.com

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