A whistleblower who accused a COVID-19 testing lab she managed in California of improper work is being sued by the company for violating a confidentiality agreement.
PerkinElmer Inc. sued Mahnaz Salem in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, alleging she breached her contract that barred her from disclosing confidential or proprietary information including “COVID-19 testing results, testing procedures and protocol, and testing equipment capabilities and performance.”
The Massachusetts-based diagnostics company has a $1.4-billion COVID-19 testing contract with the state.
Salem was laboratory services manager for about a month at PerkinElmer’s testing laboratory in Valencia, north of Los Angeles.
She was among employees who told Sacramento TV station CBS13 this month that the laboratory was making unauthorized changes to improve its FDA-approved testing procedures, using