Whistleblowers often fear that they will face retaliation, especially when the Defendant is their employer. Fortunately, the North Carolina False Claims Act includes strong protections for whistleblowers against workplace retaliation.
Like its federal counterpart, the North Carolina False Claims Act protects whistleblowers who uncover fraud against the state. These whistleblowers are protected from being “discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed,” or otherwise “discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment” for their lawful actions associated with whistleblowing. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-613. If whistleblowers are discriminated against, they are “entitled to all relief necessary to make [them] whole.” Id. These damages include reinstatement, two times backpay, and compensation for any special damages including the costs of litigation and attorneys’ fees. Id. This is in addition to any share that the whistleblower is entitled to from the false claims suit itself.
If you have uncovered fraud against the government, contact the whistleblower attorneys at Miller Law Group today for a free consultation or call us at (919) 348-4361. Our lawyers can help protect you and your rights throughout the whistleblower process.