Types of Employer Fraud & Wrongdoing

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Current and former employees are often the first to witness corporate wrongdoing. We offer dedicated and skilled representation to individuals with evidence of business misconduct by their employer. Our whistleblower lawyers can assist you anywhere in the U.S. in reporting fraud or other illegal practices to the appropriate government agency. We can also help you protect your rights against any retaliatory actions by your employer.

Types of Employer Fraud and Wrongdoing

You may have witnessed your company engage in unlawful business practices. Workers sometimes see their supervisors, co-workers, or other colleagues commit fraud or violate federal or state laws. As an employee, you may have first-hand knowledge and evidence to support a claim of possible unlawful activity by your employer.

You may have witnessed your company commit:

  • Medicare or Medicaid fraud by billing for unnecessary procedures, upcoding, or unbundling.
  • Tax fraud or evasion by submitting false statements or records to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • Insider trading, market manipulation, or other violations of the securities law or the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Fraud or waste in the course of securing or executing a contract with the government.
  • Off-label marketing for uses of pharmaceutical products.

These are just some examples of how your employer may have engaged in fraud or other wrongdoing. You can take action under one or more federal or state laws that encourage disclosing wrongful business practices. For example, many whistleblowers initiate lawsuits under the False Claims Act (FCA) or its state equivalent. The FCA makes it unlawful for a business or individual to make false statements or claims to the government for payment. It also gives people the right to commence a qui tam claim. This is a lawsuit initiated by an individual on behalf of the government for an FCA violation. The government will investigate the claim and determine whether it should proceed with the case. Other laws that an employer may violate include the Dodd-Frank Act, the Tax Relief and Healthcare Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and various state regulations.

Protecting You from Retaliation

Most laws that encourage disclosure of corporate wrongdoing also include provisions against retaliation by a whistleblower’s employer. Generally, entities cannot retaliate against employees who report corporate wrongdoing internally or to the government. Some states, like California, have laws that extend this protection to workers whom the employer believes may have disclosed information to the authorities, but who have not actually reported it.

Most laws prevent companies from firing, demoting, or otherwise discriminating against an employee who blows the whistle on unlawful business practices. If the employer does retaliate, it may be liable for damages. An employee may possibly recover for his or her back pay, reinstatement, legal fees, and other compensation.

Financial Incentives

You may receive a reward for coming forward with evidence of corporate fraud or misconduct. Depending on which statute applies, you may be eligible for a portion of the amount the government recovers from the defendant. Most of the rewards are between 15-30 percent of this figure. A number of factors determine the amount, including:

  • How much your information helps the government make its case;
  • Whether the information was original or derived from public information; and
  • Any involvement you may have had in the wrongdoing.

Some agencies, like the IRS, may reduce your recovery to 10 percent if your report was based on publicly available information. Your percentage, by contrast, may be higher in a qui tam claim if the government decided not to intervene in the case, but you successfully pursued it on your own.

Experienced Qui Tam Lawyers Offering Representation Nationwide

The Whistleblower Law Firm assists employees nationwide who have witnessed misconduct at their jobs. Our qui tam attorneys can assist you in disclosing that information and presenting evidence to the government. We can address your concerns about reporting corporate wrongdoing and help you secure the protections that you need. We serve clients across the nation. Call us today at (800) 982-1904 or contact us using our online form for a confidential consultation at no cost.