If you are aware of someone who has defrauded the government or violated labor laws, you should consider becoming a whistleblower. Becoming a whistle blower is not only the ethical thing to do, but you might also be substantially rewarded for making corruption and fraud known to the public. There are numerous protections and incentives place to encourage people to report any questionable actions that they witness. In this blog, we explain a few facts about becoming a whistleblower.
The False Claims Act
Under the False Claims Act, civil claims can be made to recover damages from companies that are liable for fraud. The Act is the government's primary tool for combating fraud against government programs. The False Claims Act also includes provisions that allow claims to be made by private parties against companies who have defrauded the government. There is a “First to File” rule in the False Claims Act, which means no subsequent claims can be filed if they are based on the same facts as a pre-existing case that has already been filed.
Protected Whistleblower Activity
The goal of whistleblower protection laws is to enable employees to stop, report, or testify about employer actions that are illegal, unhealthy, or violate specific public policies. However, the exact definition of protected whistleblower activity is a highly contested issue in whistleblower law. The scope of whistleblower protections vary depending on where you work and for whom. Although the definition of protected whistleblower activity is broad, employees can sometimes be protected under traditional tort laws.
Statutes of Limitations
Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations is a common defense used against whistleblowers in their cases. State and federal statutes for whistleblower cases vary, which is why you should consult with an attorney to determine which laws are applicable to your case.
At John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorney at Law, our team of lawyers help federal employees, unions, employee associations, and contractors seek the justice that they deserve. We fight for the rights of all our clients and we are here to help you with your whistleblower case.
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