The Securities and Exchange Commission has agreed to pay between US $1.4 and $1.6 million to a compliance officer with a corporation for the employee’s role in helping the SEC bring a successful enforcement action against his/her employer. Ordinarily, such recoveries are barred where a whistleblower “‘obtained the information’ because the whistleblower was ‘an employee whose principal duties involve compliance or internal audit responsibilities.’” However, the SEC claimed this prohibition did not apply here as the employee “had a reasonable basis to believe” that disclosure of information to the SEC was necessary to prevent the employer from causing imminent substantial financial harm to the company or investors.