Why involve Class Action Legal Group?
While the are federal and state laws that protect you as a whistleblower people often feel there may be some stigma involved and depending on the publicity your case ends up receiving you could be unwillingly thrust into a not so flattering spotlight. When you contact CALG with your whistleblower claim we will do everything in our power to keep you anonymous while still allowing you to receive any award coming to you.
We can also help you to decide if you do in fact have a viable whistleblower case. By using the form on this page you make the decision to not only hold possible wrongdoers responsible, you are getting the information you need in order to make an informed decision regarding your next step in this process.
Why Blow the Whistle?
Being a whistleblower gives you the chance to stand up for what is right. It allows any man or woman to make a difference. Whether it is exposing corporate corruption or a federal agencies dirty little secrets, whistleblowers help make our nation secure and protect individuals from discrimination, physical harm and unlawful practices. Do not think that the only reason to blow a whistle involves taking the moral high ground. Compensation is also involved.
Depending on whether the government prosecutes the case or whether you as the whistleblower take the case to court, you are eligible to receive 15%-30% of all recovered funds; and the government will compensate you for any legal fees.
What is a whistleblower?
A whistle blower is a person who tells the public or someone of authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government department, a public or private organization, or a company. Whistleblowers help hold individuals, corporations and even government agencies accountable for their reckless actions before they can cause harm to national and local governments or unsuspecting consumers.
“Whistleblower” can mean any person who reveals misconduct by his or her employer or another business or entity. The misconduct may be in the form of breaking the law, committing fraud, or corruption. And a whistleblower who exposes fraud on the government can bring a qui tam lawsuit on behalf of the government, and can receive a share of the recovery as his or her personal reward.
What type of protection do whistleblowers receive?
While the specific laws protecting whistleblowers can vary from state to state, they all protect you from retaliation. This includes losing your job, getting a demotion or even being given the short end of the stick when it comes to future raises or promotions. Furthermore, no employer can adopt or enforce any policy or rule that prevents you from becoming a whistleblower. You can not be punished for refusing to participate in any activity that violates federal or state statutes or regulations.
Acts and offenses that warrant a blow of your whistle.
- A corporation that knowingly files false tax information.
- A federal agency that acts in a way that violates federal law.
- A corporation that modifies or withholds test results to get a dangerous product on the market.
- An employer, corporation or government agency that acts in way which conflicts with state and federal labor laws.
- A safety regulation agency or company that does not follow or adhere to proper federal and state statutes resulting in public endangerment or the compromising of national security.
The False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733, also called the "Lincoln Law") is an American federal law which allows people who are not affiliated with the government to file actions against federal contractors claiming fraud against the government. The act of filing such actions is informally called "whistleblowing." Persons filing under the Act stand to receive a portion (usually about 15-25 percent) of any recovered damages. The Act provides a legal tool to counteract fraudulent billings turned in to the Federal Government. Claims under the law have been filed by persons with insider knowledge of false claims which have typically involved health care, military, or other government spending programs.
Qui tam is a writ whereby a private individual who assists a prosecution can receive all or part of any penalty imposed.