Whistleblowers who report misconduct by an employer deserve protection from workplace retaliation. What’s more, in some circumstances, the law grants whistleblowers a reward for reporting an employer’s misconduct.
Many state employment laws prohibit firing or retaliation against an employee whistleblower who reports improper or illegal activity by an employer.
The federal False Claims Act, and similar state acts, allow whistleblowers to file claims on behalf of the government when a company is defrauding federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
These claims are called “qui tam” lawsuits, and are filed “under seal” – meaning in secret. A whistleblower may be entitled to receive up to 30% of any recovery the government obtains. The FCA also protects whistleblowers from workplace retaliation.
When reporting improper or illegal activity, choosing the right lawyer is absolutely critical for a whistleblower to receive full protection and possible awards. The way the improper conduct is reported is also very important and must be done carefully. If not reported correctly, a whistleblower may be ineligible to receive an award.
If you are considering becoming a whistleblower, it is crucial to speak with an experienced whistleblower lawyer. For a free consultation, contact Miller Law Group or call 919-348-4361.