New York City Whistleblower Attorneys
Qui Tam Lawyers Serving Individuals in New York City
Blowing the whistle on fraud is not easy. In fact, whistleblowers often face serious consequences when they expose illegal conduct. At the Whistleblower Law Firm, our qui tam attorneys can guide people in New York City and nationwide through this process. We have the experience necessary to help you explore your options and pursue your goals. We can work diligently to protect your rights at each stage of the proceedings.
Exposing Corporate Misconduct against the Government
Under New York law, whistleblowers are protected whether they are executives, managers, or simply employees who disclose a violation of a law or a regulation that puts public health and safety at risk. Put another way, an employer cannot retaliate against an employee who reports illegal conduct. A whistleblower is protected regardless of whether he or she discloses the violation internally or to an outside governmental agency.
The New York False Claims Act permits whistleblowers to file a claim in the name of the State of New York when an individual or entity engages in conduct that defrauds the state or local government of taxpayer money. These lawsuits are known as “qui tam” actions. The False Claims Act imposes liability on individuals who knowingly present false or fraudulent claims for payment to the state or a local government, misappropriate state or local government property, or deceitfully evade binding obligations to pay the state or a local government.
When a qui tam lawsuit is filed, the government has 60 days to decide whether it will intervene in the case or not. Realistically, however, it usually takes longer than this time frame, which can be extended. If the government decides to intervene, it will be responsible for controlling and pursuing the case. In this situation, a whistleblower is entitled to receive between 15 and 25 percent of the government’s total recovery.
If the state declines to intervene, the whistleblower may proceed independently and may be eligible to receive between 25 and 30 percent of the recovery. This reward is designed to incentivize people with information about misconduct to come forward.
Under the New York False Claims Act, retaliating against exposing misconduct by private entities that violate this law is strictly forbidden. This includes a variety of actions, such as termination, demotion, harassment, or suspension. If an employee has been subjected to retaliation, he or she can take legal action against the employer. An individual who prevails on such a claim may be entitled to damages, such as reinstatement, triple back pay, and reimbursement for attorney’s fees and litigation costs.
Consult a Whistleblower Attorney for a Claim in New York City
Whistleblowers are often referred to as the eyes and ears of the government. Without their aid, fraud in many industries would go undetected. Our whistleblower lawyers can vigorously advocate for New York City residents and others across the U.S. who are seeking to expose misconduct. We can handle your claim with the utmost confidentiality and discretion. To set up a free consultation, contact us online or call us at our toll-free number at 800-982-1904.