Two individuals in another state recently came forward about Salvation Army managers who had allegedly stolen donations. These whistleblowers claimed that the managers then pocketed the earned profits. Afterward, the whistleblowers were reportedly punished for speaking up about the managers’ alleged activity. Fortunately, any whistleblower in the Bay Area and elsewhere is protected under state law.
In the recent out-of-state case, one of the whistleblowers was a former policeman for the military. He had served in the Army for two decades. He was working as a salesman at Salvation Army when he and a co-worker had reportedly noticed that a deliveryman frequently tried to buy several costly pieces of donated furniture.
According to the former police officer, the furniture deliveryman would purchase the furnishings at a very low price and then would re-sell these pieces at his own store. The former police officer said he also saw the deliveryman steal multiple donations from the store’s warehouse. When he attempted to complain to the store’s management, he found out that management was reportedly involved in the scheme.
At that point, the former police officer lost his sales job and instead became a janitor. He and his co-worker who noticed the allegedly suspicious activity said they were both retaliated against and eventually left their jobs. They then decided to file a whistleblower lawsuit. Whistleblowers who have been mistreated as a result of reporting illegal or unethical activity in the workplace have the right to seek to hold their employers accountable. An understanding of what facts must be proved will likely be necessary to prevail in this type of claim in the Bay Area.
Source: wfla.com, “Lawsuit claims managers at Holiday Salvation Army stole donated furniture“, John Rogers, Jan. 23, 2018