Svetlana Blackburn was working as senior finance manager in Oracle's cloud business
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A senior finance manager in Oracle s cloud business has complained to a federal court that she was terminated from her job because she refused to go along with, and threatened to blow the whistle on accounting principles that she considered to be unlawful.
A Certified Public Accountant, Blackburn had received a positive performance review in August 2015, but in the following month her supervisors had charted a course that veered from legal, ethical and company standards.
Her employment was terminated within weeks, on Oct. 15, after she continued to resist and warn of the accounting improprieties, according to the complaint.
We don't agree with the allegations and intend to vigorously defend the matter, said Oracle spokeswoman, Deborah Hellinger, in an email.
Blackburn accuses Oracle of unlawful retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which is legislation that aims to prevent corporate accounting fraud and errors.
The former employee also claims to be protected under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which provides that an employer may not discharge or otherwise discriminate against an individual who makes disclosures required or protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.