An American Express executive is claiming the company wrongfully terminated his employment after he revealed a flaw with the company's Walmart debit cards. The man reportedly was fired after he revealed that the Bluebird debit card system lacked essential customer protections that would prevent shoppers from being exposed to fraud. Walmart is not named as a party in the complaint.
Official documents show that the man was assigned to evaluate the performance and security of the Bluebird system but he was under significant pressure from the company to meet performance and launch goals. He repeatedly told his supervisor that the product's system for security checks was flawed. In fact, he suspected that one of the offshore contractors working on the program had installed a "back door" into the security system, thus allowing for a massive consumer fraud. Still, the supervisor refused to pay attention to the man's reports, instead insisting that Bluebird be pushed into stores before it was ready.