Whistleblowers are individuals who report information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical or otherwise not in compliance with industry standards. The alleged conduct can be a violation of company policy, laws, rules or regulations. Whistleblowers are typically protected by two mains laws, the False Claims Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The False Claims Act deals mainly with the federal government and federal contracts while the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 covers publically traded companies. There are state laws which also protect whistleblowers under certain circumstances. These laws aim to protect informers from retaliation by their employers.
Our attorneys have years of collective experience working on whistleblower-related claims on behalf of employers and employees. We are familiar with the process for providing information to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower, which often time leads to the payment of awards to the informant. We also represent whistleblowers in actions against employers for improper retaliation such as termination, demotion or other improper treatment. These actions can result in numerous types of remedies, including:
- Being hired or rehired
- Restoring benefits
- Reimbursement of back wages (sometimes double what is owed)
- Compensation for lost benefits such as vacation, sick leave and retirement
- Attorneys’ fees
- Any other compensation due to the employee
Filing a claim against an employer who has retaliated against a whistleblower is complex and has numerous steps. Due to the complexity of the whistleblower laws and the possible large sums of money at stake it is crucial to hire attorneys experienced in the laws covering whistleblower protections. Our attorneys are experienced in pursing these types of claims. Please contact us for more information about our whistleblower protection practice.