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Boeing Worker Sues Over Violated Ethics, Wrongful Termination

Seattle PI

May 13, 2009

Atttorney Joseph Sicilia, who worked in Boeing's ethics policing division, says that he was demoted to being an administrative assistant and then fired after raising concerns about violation of government regulations.

"Boeing takes a scorched Earth litigation philosophy," Spokane trial attorney Mary Schultz said. "Never admit. Never acknowledge. Never say you're sorry."

Schultz' firm, Mary Schultz Law P.S., and William Gilbert of Dano, Gilbert & Ahrend PLLC are handling the case.

To emerge successful in a wrongful termination case such as this one, Sicilia's lawyers do not have to prove that Boeing did anything wrong. Rather, they must prove that Sicilia honestly believed that Boeing did something wrong, and that the company retaliated against him because he spoke out.

"This is one of these areas that the American public is very concerned about these days," Schultz said, referring to the government contracting process. "People like Joe Sicilia are very important for the integrity of the system."

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