Who Are Whistleblowers?
Who Are Whistleblowers?
Whistleblowers are individuals who have witnessed or been part of unethical or illegal activity during the course of their of employment, who decide to submit incriminating evidence to the government. They are employees who report misconduct perpetrated by their employers. Whistleblowers are people who step forward to do the right thing.
Whistleblowers & Employer Retaliation
Generally speaking, most people who are in a position to become a whistleblower fear retaliation by their employer, including being fired from their job. There are however laws in place that protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation, including protection against wrongful termination. Under the False Claims Act, if an employer takes retaliatory actions, the employee may be entitled to reinstatement, back pay, or other compensation for damages.
Employer Misconduct Reported by Whistleblowers
Often whistleblowers report fraud against the government perpetrated by their employers. Fraud can happen in nearly any industry, occupation, or profession. Fraud brought to light by whistleblowers may include health care fraud, Medicare fraud, real estate fraud, construction fraud, banking fraud, securities fraud, and other types of fraud.
Possible Financial Gain for Whistleblowers
A whistleblower may bring a Qui tam civil lawsuit under the False Claims Act. A Qui tam case creates an opportunity for a whistleblower to receive financial gain from their efforts to help the government. The False Claims Act rewards whistleblowers if their Qui tam case is successful and recovers money for the government. The whistleblower’s recovery ranges from 18 to 28% of the total recovery. To learn more, read our article What is a “Qui Tam” Case?
Do Whistleblowers Need an Attorney?
Whistleblowers can certainly benefit from the help of an experienced Qui tam attorney. When you hire Ashley D. Adams, PLC to handle your Qui tam case, we will guide you through the bureaucratic labyrinth of the federal False Claims Act. We will protect your rights as en employer. And we will help you get the financial reward to which you may be entitled if the information you provide leads to prosecution and the recovery of money for the government.
If you are a whistleblower with evidence that your employer is engaging in criminal acts, we are prepared to rigorously protect your rights.
Contact us or call now (480) 219-1366 for a consultation. There is no substitute for the type of experience and diligent legal representation that a high-quality attorney can provide.
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