False Claims Act Whistleblower Protections for Employees
The federal False Claims Act offers whistleblowers significant protections against retaliation. In fact, the False Claims Act has one of the strongest whistleblower protection provisions in the U.S. Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act protects employees who have been discharged, demoted, harassed, or otherwise discriminated against because of lawful acts by the employee in furtherance of an action under the False Claims Act. Damages available to whistleblowers who have been victims of retaliation include:
- Double back pay
- Compensation for litigation costs, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and other special damages.
According to TAF, False Claims Act whistleblowers are entitled to these damages if they can show:
- They were engaged in an activity protected by the statute in furtherance of a qui tam suit.
- Their employer knew of the employee’s qui tam actions.
- That the employer retaliated against the employee because of those actions.
State Whistleblower Protections
Most states also offer whistleblowers protection from discrimination or retaliation via general statutes or common law. Most of the state qui tam provisions require that the whistleblower have a good-faith belief that the employer or its employees are in some way violating the law. The whistleblower must also have either complained of the violation to the employer or to an outside agency, refused to participate in the illegal activity, or assist in an official investigation of the fraud.
Legal Help for False Claims Act Whistleblowers
The False Claims Act whistleblower lawyers at Gilman Law LLP have assisted honest citizens in multiple industries file qui tam lawsuits against contractors and others who have defrauded the federal government. If you are thinking of becoming a qui tam whistleblower, our experienced whistleblower attorneys will make sure you receive all of the protections afforded by the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act , and will do everything necessary to ensure you recover the maximum whistleblower reward possible. For a free and confidential evaluation of your possible False Claims qui tam case, please fill out our online form or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.