Major defense contractor Raytheon is accused of encouraging workers in Afghanistan to report working ten hours per day – six days a week, when in reality most workers worked as few as only two hours per day.
The whistleblower case involves Steven Kalch, a former employee for Raytheon. Kalch alleges he not only witnessed but reported “gross mismanagement and misuse of government property” to supervisors and the U.S. Army.
Kalch worked in Kabul from 2012 to 2014 as a personal trainer. Prior to that, he served as an officer in the Army from 1981 to 2015, holding the final rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He contends Raytheon fired him after he attempted to report the alleged fraud in January of 2014.
According to the lawsuit, Kalch alleges he personally witnessed many trainers spending less than two hours per day performing work and services and spent even less time training although claiming to have worked more hours.
Raytheon is a defense contractor with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics. The case was recently moved from Missouri to Central Florida where the company has 170 employees.