A whistleblower is typically an employee who reports misconduct perpetrated by their employer. Stepping forward to do the right thing as a whistle blower is not easy. Most people in this position fear employer retaliation and even termination from their job. Fortunately, the law protects whistleblowers from retaliatory acts by their employer, including wrongful termination.
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What is a qui tam case?
A Qui tam is a civil lawsuit brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act. In fact, Qui tam cases empower whistleblowers to help the government stop many different types of fraud. To learn more, read our article on Qui tam cases here.
What protection does the False Claims Act afford to whistleblowers?
The False Claims Act prohibits employers from taking retaliatory action against whistleblower employees. Under the law, employers may not be “discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment because of lawful acts done by the employee” in furtherance of pursuing an action under the False Claims Act. 31 U.S.C. §3730(h). If an employer takes retaliatory actions, the employee may be entitled to reinstatement, back pay, or other compensation for damages.
Will my employer know that I am the whistleblower?
During the initial stages of the government’s investigation into fraud or other misconduct the whistleblower’s identity typically remains confidential. However, if the government’s investigation leads to legal proceedings, then the whistleblower’s identity will be disclosed to the company subject to the legal action.
What type of employer misconduct do whistleblowers report?
Fraud against the government can be perpetrated in a wide-variety of industries, occupations, and professions. The fields include healthcare, real estate, construction, banking, education, securities, defense contractors, and other industries. Employer misconduct may involve Medicare fraud, medical devise fraud, securities fraud, just to name a few.
What are the possible rewards a whistleblower may receive from a successful qui tam case?
Under the act whistleblowers are entitled to a portion of the damages the government recovers, so long as the whistleblower provides the government with evidence it did not have and could not have obtained from publicly available sources. A whistleblower’s recovery ranges from 18 to 28% of the total recovery per the terms of the statute.
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