Editors' pick: Originally published Jan. 27.
Let's start with the heroes.
In 2016, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson accomplished what few women have, charging her former boss, Fox (FOXA) News founder Roger Ailes, with sexual harassment and setting off a chain reaction of other women who went public with similar allegations. He resigned under pressure on July 21. She settled with Fox for $20 million.
The ghostwriter for U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump's 1987 best-seller Art of the Deal decided he'd had enough, and went on the record with The New Yorker about his interactions with the president-elect. "I put lipstick on a pig," author Tony Schwartz told the magazine, referring to the book. He said he felt "a deep sense of remorse" that he helped make Trump look more appealing than he deserved.
Former Deutsche Bank (DB) risk officer Eric Ben-Artzi blew the whistle to regulators that the bank had understated the financial risk of a portfolio of derivatives during the financial crisis. His assistance helped the Securities and Exchange Commission seal a $55 million settlement with Deutsche Bank in 2015. In August, Ben-Artzi wrote in the Financial Times that he'd just gotten word from the SEC that he would receive $8.25 million. In protest that management got off scot-free, he declined the money.
Sadly, the goats outnumber the heroes.
Bayer named Irene Laurora "Working Mother of the Year" in 2012 and then fired her when she protested that a female colleague was taken off a choice assignment because she was pregnant. Laurora, a former vice president at Bayer, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the firm on Dec. 7.
Hedge fund manager and Trump economic adviser Anthony Scaramucci for months has been trash-talking a Department of Labor rule that would force stockbrokers giving retirement advice to put their clients' interests ahead of their own -- a standard that already applies to investment advisers. He suggested to Yahoo! Finance among others that people in the investment community already are held to that standard -- a fib that conveniently ignores the stockbroker community that the DOL targets with the rule.