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Pros and Cons of Whistleblowing in the Workplace

Whistleblowing in the Workplace

Whistleblowing in the WorkplaceBefore you choose to disclose your knowledge of fraud in your workplace, we want you to have a clear understanding of the implications of whistleblowing in the workplace. It is important for you to do the right thing. However, you should also be clear of the pros and cons of whistleblowing in the workplace before moving forward with a lawsuit.

In whistleblowing lawsuits, it is important to move quickly if you want to be the first to file. However, we don’t want you to move so quickly that you make a choice you regret. That’s why we suggest every potential whistleblower carefully consider the pros and cons of whistleblowing in the workplace:

Pro: Exposing Fraudulent Activity Is the Right Thing to Do

Perhaps the biggest advantage of becoming a whistleblower is being able to know you have made the right choice. After becoming aware of fraudulent activity occurring in your place of work, you can make the choice to expose the fraudulent activity so the government can recover the money lost.

Con: Your Career Could Suffer

Employers are prohibited from seeking revenge after an employee has exposed them for fraudulent activity. However, your career may still suffer because of your choice. Once your case becomes public, you may receive attention in the business world. Being labeled as a whistleblower could decrease your chances of being hired at a new company in the future.

Pro: Protection from Retaliation Is Available

Under the False Claims Act, all whistleblowers are protected from their employer’s retaliation. If you decide on whistleblowing in the workplace, you can be sure they will be angry. But you can also know you have legal protection if they decide to retaliate because of your choice.

Con: Your Relationships May Suffer

Even though you have chosen the right thing, your coworkers may not agree with your actions. Whistleblowers often stand alone. Friends they thought they could trust in their workplace will turn their back on them in order to protect their own reputation.

Pro: You May Get a Financial Reward

If a lawsuit stems from evidence of fraud you have provided, the government will seek to recover the funds they have lost as a result of fraudulent activity. If the lawsuit is successful, you could be rewarded up to 30 percent of the recovered funds.

Do you want to move forward with blowing the whistle on your employer? One of our skilled false claims act attorneys at Bothwell Law Group can help you take advantage of the rewards of whistleblowing. We can also help protect your from the disadvantages. Find out what you need to know about whistleblowing in the workplace by clicking this link or calling 770.643.1606.

What Is the Difference Between Federal and State Whistleblower Laws?

State Whistleblower Laws

State Whistleblower LawsIf you want to blow the whistle on a fraudster who has been stealing money from your state’s government, understanding state whistleblower laws is vital before moving forward with a False Claims Act lawsuit. Even though state whistleblower laws are typically modeled after federal whistleblower laws, there are some important differences between the two.

Before moving forward with a false claims act lawsuit, understand the following facts about state whistleblower laws:

There are some states that do not model their state whistleblower laws after federal whistleblower laws.

Currently, there are a few states that only allow their citizens to file False Claims Act lawsuits if they are pertaining to healthcare fraud. For example, if an employee has knowledge that their healthcare employer is intentionally misfiling a Medicare claim, they can file a whistleblower lawsuit.

All states with False Claims laws have protections in place for whistleblowers.

If you are a whistleblower, you do not have to worry about retaliation. You are protected from harassment and firing and there are laws in place that give you the right to sue if you are the victim of retaliation.

To file a state False Claims lawsuit, the state itself must have suffered loss or damage.

If you want to file a lawsuit within a specific state, that state must have lost money as a result of fraud. This means you cannot file a federal lawsuit under your state’s whistleblower laws.

Some states allow whistleblowers to consolidate state and federal lawsuits.

If the federal government or other states have also lost money along with your state as the result of fraud, some states will allow you to create one lawsuit to blow the whistle on a nation-wide fraud.

State False Claims laws vary from state to state.

Even though many states model their laws after federal laws, there are variances from state to state in these laws. In some states there are additional laws or statues that make the process of filing a false claims lawsuit entirely different and more involved.

As you can see, there is a lot to understand about state whistleblower laws and how they differ from the federal whistleblower laws that are currently in place. Because of this, it is very important to seek out a false claims act attorney who is experienced working within your state on false claims lawsuits.

Attorneys with extensive knowledge of both state and federal whistleblower laws will guide you through the process of filing you suit and help you to avoid mistakes that could cost you the reward you deserve for blowing the whistle on a fraudster in your state.

The lawyers at Bothwell Law team focus solely on False Claim Act lawsuits and are experts in this highly specialized field. Call 770.643.1606 to find out more about state whistleblower laws by contacting Bothwell Law Group online.