Whistleblower laws allow employees to become the eyes and ears inside companies who uncover evidence of fraud and other wrongdoing. As we pointed out above, in some cases, whistleblower laws allow the person who reports the fraud – called the relator – to recover a portion of any money recovered in a resulting judgment or settlement, up to 30 percent. The term “whistleblower” was developed because the person is drawing attention to fraud, or “blowing the whistle” on foul play. A whistleblower must have first-hand knowledge of the fraud or wrongdoing in order to file a claim. Most whistleblower laws also prohibit retaliation by employers against employees who report possible violations or who assist in investigations.
The five whistleblower laws that provide for awards to the whistleblower are set out and discussed below:
Our firm has several lawyers who handle whistleblower lawsuits. We have devoted a significant amount of resources to this part of our practice. Each of these statutes has its own specific requirements. If a whistleblower does not have adequate counsel who is familiar with these laws, then the whistleblower’s efforts could be all for naught. In order to properly navigate the waters of these statutes, a whistleblower should seek experienced counsel who understands the whistleblower laws and who can ensure their potential case is properly handled.
For more information about the different types of whistleblower laws, or to talk about a potential claim, contact Andrew Brashier, a lawyer in our firm’s Consumer Fraud Section, who handles whistleblower claims, at Andrew.Brashier@beasleyallen.com or call him at 334-269-2343.
Sources: Wall Street Journal, U.S. Justice Department, TAF Education Fund
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