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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

McClain v. Pfizer (Whistleblower Retaliation)

In April 2010, a federal jury in Connecticut awarded $1.4 milion in compensatory damages to former Pfizer scientist Becky McClain, who claimed she was fired when she tried to raise safety concerns about genetic engineering work being done at the company’s Groton laboratory. McClain, a molecular biologist, claimed she had been wrongly terminated for complaining about faulty safety equipment that allowed a dangerous lentivirus to infect her and some of her colleagues.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Filing
2/16/2007
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Pfizer, Inc. $1,370,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 4/6/2010
Verdict 4/6/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database