Siemens Sued by Tipster Claiming Retaliation Over FCPA Allegations He Raised - Corruption Currents - WSJ


A Taiwanese man filed a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday against Siemens AG , arguing he was fired for raising corruption concerns to senior executives while working as a regional compliance officer in China.

Meng-Lin Liu, a former division compliance officer for a Chinese health care subsidiary of Siemens, said in the complaint he was terminated in November 2010 after he “encountered and confronted a culture of evading, circumventing and violating” anti-corruption internal controls, as well as the terms of a 2008 plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department over violations of foreign bribery law.

Within a week of presenting his evidence to Siemens, he was removed from his position, told not to report to work and given early notice his contract wouldn’t be renewed, the complaint said. Four months later, he was fired, it said.