Paramount Whistle-Blower: Emails Reveal Studio Officials Tried To “Freak Her Out”


EXCLUSIVE: The Paramount Pictures whistle-blower who accused the studio’s longtime labor relations chief of embezzling union funds claims that the studio engaged in a “cover-up” and then terminated her in retaliation for reporting him. The studio denies it, but internal Paramount emails reveal that shortly after she blew the whistle, Paramount officials devised a plan to “try to freak her out,” apparently in the hope that she’d accept a severance package and leave the company.

Nichole GoluskinThe Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 makes it illegal for publicly traded companies to retaliate against corporate whistle-blowers. In her nine-page complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (read it here), former employee Nichole Goluskin claims that Paramount officials did just that after she came forward with allegations that her boss, Stephen Koppekin, the studio’s longtime EVP Industrial Relations, had been overcharging expenses for travel on behalf of the union pension and health plans…

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