Rewards and Risks of Reporting Illegal Acts

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The rewards of a successful whistleblower or qui tam lawsuit are substantial. The government supports rewards to encourage employees who have witnessed fraud or wrongdoing to quickly report it. Illegal business practices include, among others, Medicare/Medicaid, pharmaceutical, tax, SEC and contractor fraud.

When you have questions about state and federal whistleblower laws or want to learn more about the rewards and risks of a whistleblower or qui tam suit, contact the Whistleblower Law Firm. You can also call our firm at 1-866-558-4259 to report employer fraud and to schedule your free, confidential consultation.

At the Whistleblower Law Firm, our clients are located throughout the country because we handle claims nationwide. Our whistleblower lawyers have more than 200 years of combined experience fighting the largest corporations in the U.S.

Qui Tam and Whistleblower Rewards

The following is an explanation of the primary rewards of reporting fraud and wrongdoing:

  • Monetary compensation: Both state and federal whistleblower provisions often provide compensation for the whistleblower. Several factors are considered such as the grievousness of the fraud and the time it took to report it. These factors help determine what percentage of the damage award will be distributed to the whistleblower.
  • Job protection: Protection from retaliation, termination and demotion is an important component of whistleblower laws. In many cases, a whistleblower cannot be terminated for reporting fraud or wrongdoing.
  • Retaliation damages: Even though retaliation is often illegal, employers still do it. When this occurs, whistleblowers may be entitled to damages for back wages and for the termination, discrimination or harassment.

Qui Tam and Whistleblower Risks

While the rewards of a whistleblower or qui tam action are great if the suit is successful, there are risks involved in filing a whistleblower action, including:

  • Harassment and scorn: Employers don't often look highly upon employees who blow the whistle. Other employees may also harass a whistleblower.
  • Termination or demotion: While many whistleblower protection laws prohibit termination or demotion for reporting fraud or wrongdoing, employers may still threaten a whistleblower's job. If successful, a whistleblower may be entitled to back pay or job reinstatement, but that may take years to accomplish.
  • Denied whistleblower claim: Not all whistleblower or qui tam lawsuits are successful. It is possible to meet the initial requirements for a qui tam action only to have the suit be dismissed or dropped later in the legal process.

Contact an Experienced Whistleblower Lawyer

Contact a whistleblower lawyer at the Whistleblower Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation about your qui tam lawsuit or call toll free at 1-866-558-4259.