Whistleblowing is one of the most complex areas of the law. In fact, there are many specific laws that may come into play in these matters. It is easy to get tangled up in all the terminology and issues involved. To help you understand how these cases work, we have provided answers to five of the most common whistleblower questions.
How Do I Know if I Have a Whistleblower Claim?
Is your employer committing fraud or misconduct that is either costing the government money, violating securities or commodities laws, or jeopardizing the safety of employees or the general public? Then you may very well have a whistleblower claim.
Be aware that a whistleblower claim is unlikely to be successful based on suspicion alone. Evidence will strengthen the case. Make note of all the facts. At Cross Law Firm, S.C., our lawyers can help you determine whether you have a case and help you move forward.
Can I Be Fired for Blowing the Whistle on My Employer?
Terminating an employee for blowing the whistle is against the law. However, you have likely determined your employer has few qualms with breaking the law, so it is worthwhile to take steps to protect yourself. Our attorneys can help you file a whistleblower claim properly and confidentially, doing everything possible to protect your career.
How Much Money Can I Get for Filing a Whistleblower Claim?
This depends on the type of fraud or wrongdoing the employer has committed. It is not unusual for these claims to reveal an employer has essentially stolen hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. The whistleblower stands to get a percentage of the money recovered by the government. Justice is often well-rewarded, and we take care to make certain all calculations are accurate so you get everything you deserve.
How Long Will the Process Take?
This depends on the specifics of the case. While we strive for efficiency, it is important to us that we are thorough and the full extent of the fraud or wrongdoing is unveiled. Your employer may have been doing this for many years. Likewise, it may take time to build a strong claim. We will protect you through every step of the process.
What's the Difference Between Whistleblowing, Qui Tam and False Claims?
You have likely discovered the wide array of terms used in these cases. Whistleblowing is the umbrella term used to describe reporting any act of wrongdoing on the part of an employer. Qui Tam refers specifically to whistleblower claims filed under the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act specifically addresses claims of fraud or misconduct with government funds.
There is also the Dodd-Frank Act, which covers securities and commodities violations. Furthermore, there are many industry-specific laws and whistleblower rules.
What Is My First Step?
We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to ensure immediate protection for you and proper handling of your claim. We have law offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wausau and Chicago. You can reach us by phone at 414-224-0000 or by email.