Protecting The Whistleblower
If you are contemplating blowing the whistle on your employer, your vendor, your health care provider or an individual and hiring a lawyer to file a False Claims Act action, you should be aware of whistleblower protection. Fischer Legal Group focuses on assisting clients with complex litigation needs, including actions under the False Claims Act. Our expertise helps you feel confident that you will not be harmed for stepping forward and disclosing wrongdoing on the part of your employer or another entity.
How The False Claims Act Protects Whistleblowers
There are several ways under the False Claims Act that whistleblowers are rewarded for coming forward while protecting their privacy and preventing their employer from retaliation and intimidation:
- A False Claims Act action is filed under seal and not served upon or revealed to the defendant or the public, while the government investigates the claims and decides whether or not to intervene.
- The False Claims Act prevents a person or entity from firing or otherwise punishing or retaliating against you for blowing the whistle. This protection has been clarified to extend beyond just “employers” to include anyone else that can retaliate against a whistleblower and to cover not just “employee” whistleblowers but “agent” or “contractor” whistleblowers as well.
- The act rewards you with a hefty 15 percent to 30 percent award from the government’s recovery, which is meant to reward you as a whistleblower.
- An employer may try to silence and intimidate potential whistleblowers with a confidentiality agreement or severance agreement. However, this should not preclude you from blowing the whistle or commencing an action when your employer has committed fraud against the government. It is important to consult with a skilled and experienced attorney to navigate around this and other complex issues.
We Handle The Entire Spectrum Of Qui Tam Claims
Our attorneys have deep backgrounds in this area of the law. Our firm has successfully handled cases in the following categories, among others:
- Federal False Claims Act cases
- State False Claims Act cases
- Medicare/Medicaid fraud
- Upcoding and false billing
- Billing for unnecessary treatment
- Billing for services not rendered
- Cases related to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
- Defense contractor fraud
- Other False Claims Act-related cases
Do Not Fear — Our Firm Will Explain Your Whistleblower Protections
You have rights as a whistleblower. Our firm will explain them in detail and ensure you are safeguarded from harassment or abuse. Call our New York office at 212-577-9231 or use our confidential email form to set up an appointment.