Providing The Protection And Support You Need To Proceed
Under state and federal law, employees who step forward to expose illegal activity on the part of their employer can recover financial damages if they are the target of harassment, intimidation or unlawful termination. Additionally, in qui tam cases, whistleblowers are eligible to receive a percentage of any money recovered by the government where their cooperation and testimony are instrumental in successfully obtaining a conviction.
At the Bird Law Group, our attorneys work closely with whistleblowers to ensure their interests and rights are protected. We help coordinate interactions and relations with federal investigators in qui tam cases and assert whistleblower protections in the workplace should an employer try to fire or harass our client.
Regardless of whether you are interested in stepping forward as a whistleblower or have already spoken to state or federal authorities, please call us today at 888-392-4312 to learn how we can help protect your rights and interests.
Exposing Fraud And Corruption — Stepping Forward As A Whistleblower
We advise, counsel and represent whistleblowers in regard to the following kinds of corruption and fraud cases:
- Medicare fraud
- Medicaid fraud
- Bid rigging
- Over-billing the government
- Environmental violations — illegal dumping, toxic waste
- Insurance fraud
- Embezzlement of government funds
- Consumer fraud
- Tax fraud
- Securities fraud
Qui Tam Whistleblowers
Qui tam whistleblower cases involve employers who defraud the federal government. Typically, an employee aware of fraudulent billing or accounting activity involving government accounts contacts federal law enforcement to report the crime. In stepping forward, he or she becomes a whistleblower. If the government decides to pursue a case, federal officials are supposed to help protect the whistleblower’s job.
If a conviction is obtained, the government is required to share a percentage of any money recovered with the whistleblower who stepped forward. Our lawyers take action to ensure the rights and interests of whistleblowers are protected and federal officials honor their word.
New Whistleblower Protections: American Recovery And Reinvestment Act
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), whistleblowers are now afforded more protections while making it easier for them to come forward. Under the ARRA, an employee who formally or informally complains to a company representative or supervisor about health violations, safety violations, waste, fraud or mismanagement is protected by the ARRA.
Additionally, if a whistleblower is subject to harassment or intimidation, he or she need only demonstrate that their actions as a whistleblower played a contributory role in their being treated unfairly. Here, the ARRA makes it easier for whistleblowers to demonstrate they suffered harm as a result of their actions.
We Look Forward To Speaking With You
Please contact our firm in Atlanta today at 888-392-4312 or by email to schedule a confidential consultation. We can advise you as to what your next steps should be if you haven’t contacted federal authorities and what you should do to protect your career.