He was shunned by the prescription drug industry, he said, and works today for a Baltimore-based company that repairs endoscopes. Demott said he would speak up about corporate wrongdoing again. He said he would get a lawyer on his side like Lugbill, experienced in whistleblowing laws, before opening his mouth.
Akron man criticizes Sherwin-Williams Stephen Walker says he also found himself in the kill-the-messenger camp while working at Sherwin-Williams.
Agents learned about questionable scientific studies to bolster Pfizer drugs, kickbacks to doctors through sham speaking fees and invitations to fancy resorts, and huge bonuses for sales reps who got medical practices to switch to Pfizer products.
"He is highly principled," his attorney Ann Lugbill said of Demott.
And Stephen Walker of Akron says his career and finances unraveled after he questioned how Sherwin-Williams Co.
handled a sensitive presentation to its board of directors on lead paint litigation.
The repercussions are extending even to previously safe groups like senior managers, the center said in a study released Tuesday. Securities and Exchange Commission announced two weeks ago the first reward under a new program that gives a cut of the penalties won by regulators to whistleblowers.
Federal regulators recently offered tangible proof that they want to make things better for informants who provide fruitful, original tips about corporate wrongdoing. An unidentified person received ,000 for helping to stop a multimillion dollar fraud.
They expect more complex cases and bigger payouts in coming months.
Whistleblowers in recent years have been responsible for getting defective bullet-proof vests off the market, revealed how financial services group UBS helped thousands of Americans evade taxes with offshore accounts and disclosed waste and fraud by oilfield services company Halliburton in Iraq.