An ex-employee of A&E's hit show "Storage Wars" has alleged that valuables found hidden in the abandoned storage lockers featured on the show are placed there by the producers themselves in order to cheat the viewers. The former employee has filed a lawsuit against the producers, claiming that the producers placed newspapers chronicling the death of Elvis Presley and a BMW mini in the lockers to make the show more dramatic. The ex-employee said that he was fired as a result of his complaints about the show's lack of ethics.
Employees in Minnesota have protection under both state and federal law when they notify authorities that their employer is conducting practices that violate a state or federal law. Under Minnesota state law an employer cannot fire, discipline, threaten, discriminate against or penalize regarding wages or benefits a whistleblower employee who reports a violation of state or federal law in good faith to an employer, government body or law enforcement. Employers who violate this law may be forced to compensate the employee.
A recent lawsuit against Mayo Clinic ended with a settlement of $1.26 million on August 2, 2012. The whistleblower lawsuit focused on false claims for billings to Medicare and Medicaid programs from the clinic's Rochester, Minnesota pathology laboratories. The complaint alleged that Mayo billed the government for a frozen tissue slide for quick analysis and a permanent tissue slide, but that the permanent slides were never made or examined.