On October 24, 2017, a former accountant at Statoil Gulf Services LLC filed a complaint against the company in federal court, alleging that she was fired in violation of Sarbanes-Oxley after repeatedly raising inconsistencies in Statoil’s financial statements to her superiors.  See Plaintiff’s Original Complaint, Lamont v. Statoil Gulf Servs. LLC, No. 4:17-3219 (S.D. Tex. Oct. 24, 2017).  Statoil informed the accountant that she was being terminated for “bad behavior” and lack of alignment with company values after working as a joint-venture employee for approximately 15 months, but the accountant claims those rationales were pretextual.  The accountant details several examples of the conduct that she alleges led to her firing, including asking in-house counsel a question during an employee training about what the accountant believed was an illegal method of calculating and paying royalties, and raising concerns with Statoil’s auditors while they were conducting a departmental training.  In a statement, Statoil called the accountant’s claims “baseless.”  The accountant said she had also filed an OSHA complaint on the same subject matter.