The False Claims Acts protects whistleblowers who suffer from workplace retaliation by an employer. Workplace retaliation may include, among other things, demotions, harassment, firing or loss of job, reduction in pay, loss of promotion, and harassment.
Damages under the FCA may include 2x back pay, job reinstatement, attorney’s fees, as well as special damages. Special damages are specific damages that a particular whistleblower has endured as a result of retaliation.
Emotional damages caused by an employer’s retaliatory conduct is consider a special damaged under the FCA, See Hammond v Northland Counseling Ctr., Inc. (2000, CA8 Minn) 218 F3d 886, 16 BNA IER Cas 959.
The purpose of section 3730 (h) of the False Claims Action is provide aggrieved plaintiff with complete compensation for any injuries incurred as result of employer’s retaliatory conduct. Hammond v Northland Counseling Ctr., Inc. (2000, CA8 Minn) 218 F3d 886, 16 BNA IER Cas 959.
If you have suffered retaliation from reporting improper conduct by your employer, or are considering becoming a whistleblower, contact Miller Law Group for a free consultation – or call 919-349-4361.