A Pennsylvania federal court partially denied Tyco Electronics Corp.’s motion to dismiss a whistleblower suit brought by a longtime former accountant.  Wiest v. Lynch, No. 10-cv-03288 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 16, 2014).  Wiest pleaded an adverse employment action by alleging constructive discharge.  The court noted that although the prohibition against retaliation contained in SOX § 806 is relatively ambiguous, it shows a clear intent to prohibit a “very broad spectrum of adverse action” against whistleblowers.  Thus, the court declined to dismiss Wiest’s complaint at an early stage because a jury could find that Wiest’s continued employment with Tyco had become so “objectively intolerable” that he was forced to resign.  Further, SOX whistleblower protection does apply to Wiest as an employee of a non-publicly held subsidiary of a publicly held corporation, finding “[t]here is no reason to think that the Supreme Court’s holding in Lawson [issued March 14, 2014] does not also apply, beyond contractors of public companies, to agents of public companies and those agents’ employees.”