The United States has enacted whistleblower laws to incentivize individuals to report wrongdoing and uncover fraud. One of the oldest whistleblower laws, the False Claims Act, has allowed private citizens to bring lawsuits against companies who defraud government programs. From the success of the False Claims Act, similar whistleblower laws have been passed in many states and the District of Columbia. The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have likewise developed their own whistleblower programs aimed at ferreting out fraud.
The whistleblower laws address many types of fraud, including:
To reward a whistleblower for coming forward, the government shares a portion of its recovery with the whistleblower. Depending upon the program, the whistleblower’s award can be up to 30% of the government’s recovery.
The whistleblower laws also include provision to protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers. These laws prohibit employers from discharging, demoting, suspending, threatening, harassing, or discriminating against whistleblowers who report fraud.
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If you have information on fraud against the government, and would like to confidentially speak with an attorney from The Lambert Firm, PLC about a potential False Claims Act case, contact us today. The Lambert Firm, PLC handles whistleblower lawsuits nationwide, and we can advise you of your legal rights and determine the best way to proceed.