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    The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a lower court's decision that a corporate whistleblower could sue his former employer for termination.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari — an order for a lower court to turn over its records — in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Paul Somers.

    In approving the review petition, the Supreme Court agreed with Digital Realty Trust that the Dodd-Frank Act's internal whistleblower protections should be further litigated in lower courts.

    Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act prohibits employers from retaliating against or firing whistleblowers.

    Digital Realty Trust Inc. asked for the review after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a former executive, Paul Somers, could sue the company for retaliating against him.

    Somers first sued in 2014, accusing the company of discriminating against him and eventually firing him in retaliation for his revelations that senior company management may be in violation of securities laws.


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