The SEC has flexed its (new…ish) muscles for the first time, penalizing Paradigm Capital Management Inc. in an enforcement action for retaliation against a whistleblower.
The Dodd-Frank Act prohibits retaliation against whistleblowers, specifically providing that “No employer may discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, directly or indirectly, or in any other manner discriminate against, a whistleblower” because of certain whistleblowing activities. 15 U.S.C. §78u-6(h)(1). The regulations (specifically, 17 C.F.R. §240.21F-2(b)(2)) provide for enforcement in an action brought by the SEC.