Can you blow the whistle on fraud if you were involved – directly or indirectly – with the crime? That depends entirely on the circumstances. The best way to find out for sure is through a confidential consultation with one of the Newport News whistleblower attorneys at the Antifraud Law Group.
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If there's one concern that's frequently expressed by our Newport News area clients, it's fear of retaliation. We know you've come to a whistleblower attorney because you want to do the right thing. But you don't want to lose your job or suffer a serious financial loss because you did the right thing.
Whistleblowers are protected, by federal law, against retaliation. The False Claims Act, which both protects and encourages whistleblowing, contains an anti-retaliation provision that allows whistleblowers to collect double damages and attorney fees for any act of retaliation from an employer. This does not, however, mean that whistleblowers are never harassed, threatened, or fired.
If you have witnessed any type of fraudulent activity where your company or organization defrauded the government, military, or health care industry, you may have the required evidence to be a whistleblower. Whistleblowers can be given 10-30% of the award or settlement that comes from their whistleblower case. However, these cases are precarious and require the expertise of an attorney that knows how to protect you. Please take this quiz to find out if you should proceed with a whistleblower case:
Two former investigators have filed suit against GlaxoSmithKline, charging the drug company with intentionally providing false information that resulted in actions that led to wrongful imprisonment.
Whistleblowers are sometimes hesitant to report fraudulent activity in their workplace for fear of employer retaliation, such as demotion or termination. However, in the past few years, a number of legislative changes have provided increased protections for whistleblowers to encourage their bravery and honesty. A recent decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit points to even greater protection for whistleblowers, allowing more claims to surface without the fear of employer retaliation.