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Region 9 News Release: 12-1566-SEA (SF-169)
Aug. 9, 2012
Contact: Deanne Amaden     Jose A. Carnevali
Phone: 415-625-2630     415-625-2631
Email: amaden.deanne@dol.gov     carnevali.jose@dol.gov

US Department of Labor orders T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom
to pay whistleblower nearly $346,000 in back wages, damages
Agency orders company to reinstate Bellevue, Wash., worker

SEATTLE – Deutsche Telekom AG and subsidiary T-Mobile USA Inc. have been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay $345,972 to a worker in Bellevue, Wash., who was fired from T-Mobile in April 2009.

The order resulted from an investigation by the Seattle office of the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration into alleged violations of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. OSHA substantiated the affected employee's complaint, which alleged termination for raising concerns about the possibility of millions of dollars in fraudulent roaming charges being levied on hundreds of international corporate customers.

"The Sarbanes-Oxley Act provides protection to workers who report alleged violations of federal laws relating to fraud against shareholders," said Dean Ikeda, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "This case clearly shows the department's commitment to ensuring that individuals are provided the protections and relief afforded by the law, and sends a strong message that retaliatory actions will not be tolerated."

In addition to requiring T-Mobile to immediately reinstate the whistleblower, OSHA's order requires the company to pay $244,479 in back wages and interest, $65,000 in compensatory damages and $36,493 in attorney's fees. The company also must provide a neutral employment reference, post a noti