If you are aware of fraudulent activity in your workplace, your first question may be whether there are laws outlining protection for whistleblowers. You want to do the right thing by reporting the immoral actions happening in your workplace. However, you also have a family to provide for and protect. There is good news. There are laws in place protecting whistleblowers from retaliation if they choose to report their workplace. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about the legal aspects regarding the protection for whistleblowers.
Understanding the Whistleblower Provision
A whistleblower provision exists within the False Claims Act. It indicates that employees are protected by the law if their employers attempt to retaliate against them because of their whistleblowing action. This means if an employer terminates, demotes, suspends, threatens, harasses, or discriminates against the employee because they reported their unlawful actions, they will be required to make full amends for the suffering they imposed on the whistleblower. In most cases, this includes reinstating their job at the same pay and seniority level as before. It also means compensating the employee for wages lost and emotional damages.
Are There Exclusions in the Whistleblower Provision?
The law was written by Congress as an effort of protection for whistleblowers when they make the choice to report fraudulent activity. However, there are certain circumstances where the law does not apply. Your employment status, previous work record, and the exact details of the claim may influence your ability to gain protection under the False Claims Act. Also, a strict statute of limitation applies. In some states, the statute of limitations may be as short as 30 days. Failing to comply could result in denial of your claim.
Protection for whistleblowers in the False Claims Act is detailed. There are exclusions to consider when filing a claim. Because of these factors, and the short statute of limitations, these are complicated cases. We strongly advise anyone considering taking action against their employer find an attorney experienced with whistleblower and false claims act lawsuits.
A knowledgeable attorney can work closely with you to line out the facts concerning the retaliation taken against you. Also, they should establish a foundation of facts about your previous standing at your job. These facts include performance records, responsibilities, and more. The attorney you choose should have extensive experience in whistleblower cases. This way, you get the guidance you need and peace of mind as you move forward with your case.
Find out everything you need to know about the legal aspects of the protection for whistleblowers. Just call 770.643.1606 to contact one of our experienced whistleblower law attorneys at Bothwell Law Group.