Whistleblowing Is Honorable – We Can Help Protect Your Rights
Who is considered a whistleblower? A whistleblower is typically an employee who identifies and reports illegal activity in the workplace such as:
- Ignoring health and safety concerns
- Forcing drivers to drive overscheduled hourly limits
- Cheating customers.
Similarly, qui tam laws permit and encourage private citizens (or “relators”) to bring legal actions and receive rewards for reporting illegal activity. These claims are made on behalf of the government against a person or company that may be defrauding the government.
If you believe you may have a qui tam case or a whistleblower claim, contact our San Diego attorney at The Law Office of David P. Strauss to discuss the specifics of your potential claim. We offer a free initial consultation.
Do You Have A Qui Tam Case?
You can help put a stop to fraud against the government by discovering and reporting corrupt actions by a person or entity doing business with the government. An employee or anyone who learns of corruption against the government may become a plaintiff in a qui tam case.
If you are the first person to report the corruption (the relator) and your case is successful, you may receive a large cash reward. On the other hand, you may experience threats of retaliation such as being fired from your position after reporting illegal activity that is costing the government money. Whistleblower protection laws, including confidentiality rules, apply to you in this case.
To protect your rights in connection with a qui tam case, work with an experienced lawyer. Attorney David P. Strauss has helped numerous clients prevail in qui tam cases.
About Whistleblower Claims
Typically, a whistleblower is an employee who has complained about illegal activity practiced by his or her company. According to whistleblower laws in California, a whistleblower has the right to safely complain internally to their employer or externally to government agencies that might have an interest in the illegal activity.
Blowing the whistle is honorable, but not without some risk. A whistleblower may be subject to adverse employer actions in the workplace or experience wrongful termination after bringing a case forward. Legal guidance at every stage of a whistleblowing case is highly advisable.
What Is Whistleblower Retaliation?
After a whistleblower mentions or reports illegal activity in the workplace, employers often retaliate by:
- Threatening or otherwise harassing the whistleblower
- Demoting or firing the whistleblower
- Writing poor job reviews without justification
To prevent or remedy such outcomes in your whistleblower situation in the San Diego area, turn to attorney Strauss for guidance.
What Damages Are Available For Successful Whistleblower Retaliation Claims? Ask An Attorney.
Every whistleblower or qui tam case is unique. Your employment lawyer can help you bring a lawsuit against your employer if you experience illegal retaliation for blowing the whistle. You may receive back pay, get restored to your former job or rank, or receive a large cash settlement in a qui tam case. Ask attorney Strauss to help you project a likely outcome if your case is successful.