When a company engages in fraudulent activities, often the only people who know about it are the employees. Therefore, in order for the proper authorities to discover the fraud and take legal action, an employee must first report his or her employer. Usually, the employee must file a qui tam claim, which is a lawsuit brought on behalf of the government.
Becoming a whistleblower can be a difficult decision, as workers may fear employer retaliation, such as firing. However, several different federal laws offer whistleblower protection and allow those who come forward to keep a portion of the recovery from a qui tam lawsuit as a reward for reporting fraud.
The False Claims Act, which pertains to fraud against the federal government, offers some of the most comprehensive protection to whistleblowers. Other laws protect those who report securities and commodities violations, public health dangers, consumer welfare issues and other misconduct.
Qui tam lawsuits are complex and most companies fight allegations of fraud and/or misconduct fiercely. An experienced whistleblower lawyer can shoulder the legal burdens of your claim and can help protect you from employer retaliation. At Regan Zambri Long, our personal injury attorneys in Washington, DC have over 100 years of combined experience representing complex legal claims. We can work with you to put an end to fraud and misconduct. We always offer free, confidential consultations so that you can discuss your situation with no fee and no worries about your employer’s reaction.
To file a qui tam lawsuit, you must be able to demonstrate that fraud or misconduct on the part of your employer caused one of the following:
The specifics of these types of claims may vary widely, depending on the circumstances of your case. However, qui tam claims must generally all meet the same standards, which are:
Fraud against the government and/or the public can take many forms, and may vary by industry. Some of the most common types of whistleblower claims that our attorneys have handled include:
Employees generally know their own businesses best; if you suspect that your employer committed fraud according to industry-specific laws, then contact a qui tam attorney to learn your legal options.
The lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC, offer confidential consultations so that you can learn your rights in whistleblower matters, free of charge. If you have evidence of your employer’s False Claims Act violations, then we can help you file a lawsuit and protect your own rights. Our whistleblower attorneys in Washington, DC also have offices in Maryland and Virginia. Call (202) 960-4596 or contact us online to set up an appointment.