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Updating this article with a copy of the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Caterpillar which was denied. http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/illinois/ilcdce/1:2009cv01208/46749/42/0.pdf?1279109398
Also adding my comments re; a discussion of this case I started on Ethics Professionals Group at LinkedIn. Rather bizarre to me that anyone would call the Plaintiff a traitor. I jumped to his defense because these are the type of terrible things said about whistleblowers.
Evelynn Brown, J.D., LL.M • Did everyone read the same news article that opened this discussion? If not, here is the pdf motion for summary judgment. Please read it. http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/illinois/ilcdce/1:2009cv01208/46749/42/0.pdf?1279109398
According to the article and the motion, Mr. Schlicksup was employed since 1992. He voiced his concerns about the tax issue in 2007. Do the math people! He was obviously a very good employee all those years.
After learning some new work related information, Mr. Schlicksup, as part of his job (with duties to obey the law separate from working for Caterpillar) brought to the attention of management a reasonable belief of violations of tax law and financial risks for shareholders. His concerns were dismissed out of hand.
Mr. Schlicksup was placed in the vacuum of the isolation chamber with a job that had no relation to his background and expertise. It my belief, that new job was to get him away from finding out anything more in the tax/legal department and to harm his employment track record.
It is egregious that the whistleblower, Daniel J. Schlicksup, a lawyer and a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in tax law, would be called a traitor here on LinkedIn, in this so called Ethics Group. The definition of a traitor is:
1. a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
1. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
Mr. Schlicksup betrayed no cause or any trust. He did his job. Mr. Schlicksup honored his duty to his professions, his employer and his country. He deserves to be treated accordingly and based on the court decision, he has a legal right to be heard.
Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Caterpillar: DENIED.