Qui Tam Claims
Turning in an employer for illegal activity is a bold move that leaves some honest employees jobless. Whistleblowing is one of the few ways to effectively shine a light on unethical practices, and the United States government counts on whistleblowers to call attention to illegal conduct, corruption, and fraud that takes money from hardworking taxpayers.
You may be considered a whistleblower if you report, object to, or protest illegal business practices. Whether you have information about a private company’s illegal activity or a government agency or employee, you are encouraged to exercise your right to come forward without fear of retaliation. Employment lawyers help whistleblowers understand their rights and protect their interests throughout the whistleblower claims process.
The False Claims Act contains provisions called qui tam laws that reward people who divulge information involving defrauding of the federal government. An employer or former employer who reports illegal business practices may be able to receive a portion of the funds recovered by exposing and halting the illegal activity. There are also many state laws that incentivize whistleblowing against state governmental bodies.
According to federal law, companies cannot fire employees for turning them in. If they do, a secondary lawsuit can be filed under the accusation of wrongful termination.
If you have privileged knowledge of illegal fraud going on at a company, don’t wait to report the violation. If you sit on the information too long, there’s a chance you might lose the opportunity to file based on whistleblowing statutes of limitations. It is also important to note that only the first individual to file a qui tam report against a particular company will be eligible to receive the qui tam reward.
It is your right to come forward without fear of retaliation or penalty. If you have information about fraud and are considering become a whistleblower, an attorney from EmploymentLawFirms.org can help you seek fair compensation while protecting your rights.
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