Two auditors that were fired by Boeing for leaking information about Boeing’s compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (Sox) to the press have failed in their bid to claim whistleblowing protection as an appeals panel yesterday ruled that Boeing could legally fire them for leaking information to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Matthew Neumann and Nicholas Tides claimed that managers pressured auditors to rate Boeing’s internal controls as “effective,” fostered a hostile work environment and ignored their concerns about this pressure and potential violations of Soc, according to Tuesday’s ruling. These potential violations related to Boeing giving PricewaterhouseCoopers contractors managerial authority over Boeing employees, the

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