Dish Fined $250,000 For Blacklisting Whistle Blowing Employee
Charlie Ergen's Dish has long been ranked as one of the worst companies to work for
, and if a new OSHA announcement
is any indication, there's little question why. According to OSHA, Dish violated the anti-retaliatory provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by blacklisting a former employee after he (or she) reported a vendor for submitting fraudulent invoices and testifying at a deposition.
The employee in question -- now employed at an un-named broadcaster -- appears to have worked in Dish's marketing department, but faced a string of retaliatory actions after informing Dish that a vendor had been ripping the company off:
The employee worked in DISH's marketing department between March 2007 and November 2008. In the summer of 2008, the complainant notified his superior that a vendor was defrauding DISH by charging for work it had not done. He filed a complaint with OSHA in August 2011 after learning that he had subsequently been blacklisted three times after leaving DISH Network. These included a negative job reference, DISH's refusal to do business with the complainant's subsequent employer and its refusal to carry a satellite channel after learning that the complainant represented the channel. OSHA's investigation found merit to the complaint and has ordered DISH Network to take corrective action.
What better way to reward an employee for pointing out that your company is getting ripped off than by attempting to ruin their life? OSHA has subsequently forced Dish to pay $157,024 in back wages, $100,000 in compensatory damages, as well as the former employee's legal fees.