Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing Law | Attorney in Altamonte Springs, FL

When you are at work, you are expected to follow the law and act in accordance with your company’s rules and regulations. In turn, you expect your organization to do the same. What do you do, though, when you find out that your workplace is violating those laws, rules, and regulations? What steps should you take when you uncover fraudulent activity? It’s time for you to become a whistleblower. Read below for a better understanding of whistleblowing in the workplace.

What is Whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing is when someone reports an organization’s wrongdoing to a person in a position to fix it. According to Oversight.gov, that wrongdoing includes “gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or a violation of law, rule, or regulation.” Typically, the reporter is an employee of the organization, but this doesn’t have to be the case—it can be anybody.

Once a whistleblower makes a report, ideally the organization will investigate those concerns, correct the wrongdoing, and publicly hold themselves accountable; through that process, the whistleblower should never be blamed or punished. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Far too often, the whistleblower encounters retaliation that violates their workers’ rights.

Why You Need a Central Florida Whistleblower Attorney

Whistleblower cases are notoriously complex, falling under any number of acts, programs, provisions, and protections—it’s important to hire a lawyer who can help you navigate these nuances. Our attorneys have over a century of combined experience fighting for the rights of employees and citizens. As a dedicated and aggressive team, we are prepared to stand with you.

Common Whistleblowing Cases

Whistleblowing is a process that is much easier to understand on paper than in practice. There are many different types of reporting and different legal avenues to take for each. Some of the common whistleblowing cases that our attorneys would love to help you navigate include:

  • Whistleblower Retaliation: If you submitted a complaint or report to shed light on your organization’s fraudulent or illegal activity and the organization takes negative action against you, you may be able to file a whistleblower claim.
  • False Claims Act: The Federal False Claims Act was enacted during the Civil War to protect the United States government against fraud by contractors serving the military. Thanks to bold amendments made in 1986, it now protects the government against a broad range of fraud.
    • Qui Tam Provision: Whistleblowers may file an FCA lawsuit against organizations defrauding the United States government. Successful suits will result in whistleblowers receiving 15-30% of the damages recovered by the government.
    • State FCAs: There are many state false claims acts similar to the federal FCA which may provide compensation to qui tam whistleblowers who file suit on behalf of their state government. However, whistleblowers must pay close attention to each state’s statutes because every act has its own requirements.
  • SEC Whistleblower Program: The Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program was implemented in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was created to address the 2008 financial crisis. The program offers a substantial reward to any whistleblower who submits “original information” to the SEC about securities violations leading to the recovery of $1 million or more. Whistleblowers may be United States or foreign citizens, they may or may not be industry insiders, and they may submit complaints or tips anonymously through an attorney.

Contact éclat Law Whistleblower Attorneys in Central Florida Today

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