- A former Playboy Controller has filed a lawsuit in California state court alleging that she was fired for exposing . . . possible corporate wrongdoing. Catherine Zulfer claims that the company retaliated against her, in violation of the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and California law, when she revealed to the company’s general and outside counsel her suspicions that the CEO and CFO were attempting to pay themselves bonuses – by accruing for them on the company’s books – without the board’s approval.
- Mike McQueary, the former Penn State assistant football coach, has sued the school, alleging that he was fired in retaliation for his cooperation with officials investigating Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of children and Penn State’s alleged cover-up of the abuse. McQueary testified at Sandusky’s trial that he saw Sandusky molest a boy in a Penn State locker room In the lawsuit, McQueary alleges that, not only was he fired, the school has not reimbursed his legal fees and has effectively ostracized him from his community of friends and colleagues by barring him from the football program.
- Ellen Pao, whose sexual discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins prompted us to explore some aspects of arbitration in the executive employment context (here and here) said this week that the firm just fired her.
- Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, and the inspiration for previous Suits by Suits posts about the laws against pregnancy discrimination (here and here), earned a new title on Monday: Mom.