WASHINGTON Dec 19 Virginia-based Neustar Inc
has agreed to pay a penalty of $180,000 to settle
charges involving its severance agreements that impeded at least
one former employee from communicating information to the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency said on Monday.
The SEC found that Neustar violated a whistleblower
protection rule by routinely entering into severance agreements
forbidding former employees from engaging with regulators "in
any communication that disparages, denigrates, maligns or
impugns" the company, the SEC said in a statement.
(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)