you are aware of an individual or individuals who are
collecting or attempting to collect false claims involving
federal funds, you have the opportunity to become a
"whistleblower" and utilize "qui tam"
action. Qui tam is the legal term that allows whistleblowers
to sue an offender on behalf of the United States Government.
are critical in protecting federal taxpayer dollars,
but many potential whistleblowers do not take action
for fear of negative repercussions on the job and loss
of career security.
Therefore, it is important to know
that whistleblowers are highly protected under Section
3730(h) of the False Claims Act from being discharged,
demoted, harassed, or otherwise discriminated against.
An employer found guilty of perpetrating any or all
of these actions against a whistleblower is required
to provide all necessary relief, including reinstatement,
double back pay, and compensation for any special damages,
including litigation costs and reasonable attorneys'
fees. Additionally, some states have wrongful discharge
or other laws that may assist in compensation.
rewards are typically 15 to30% of the recovery. Whistleblower
protection has never been stronger. If you or someone
you know would like to have an attorney answer your
questions about the False Claims Act, contact
The Schofner Law Firm.