A former Raytheon engineer filed a $3.56 million lawsuit claiming that he had been fired from his job in retaliation for raising concerns about timecard fraud to company ethics officials. The former employee complained that the company refused to compensate employees for time worked in excess of 40 hours per week.
At trial, it was revealed that the former employee filed his complaint with a company ethics official only after learning that he himself was being investigated for his own timecard irregularities. Raytheon introduced records to show that the employee had only been on site at Raytheon facilities for four hours when he charged 10 hours on his timesheet and other records to show that the former employee had not logged in to Raytheon systems either which could have suggested that he was working remotely.
It only took an eight person jury a couple of hours to find that Raytheon did not fire the employee in retaliation for whistleblowing.
We wonder whether Raytheon has refunded or intends to refund the Government for this employee's labor charged to contracts for time not worked.