Calling attention to wrongdoing often brings swift and harsh retribution. Rather than a thank you, employees who report illegal activities or regulatory violations are likely to suffer harassment or termination once the employer finds out who blew the whistle.
Federal and state whistleblower laws have been enacted to protect workers who come forward and report unlawful conduct. The law firm of Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., provides counsel and representation to employees before or after the fact. We will fiercely pursue justice if you do suffer backlash, and we can represent you in a Qui Tam lawsuit to share in any ill-gotten gains recovered by the federal government.
If you have experienced whistleblower retaliation or if you are considering reporting fraud or abuse, contact us today for a consultation.
The False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Whistleblower Protect Act and the No FEAR Act provide legal protection and even financial reward to federal government workers who report fraud or other illegal acts. A provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation extends similar protections against retaliation to employees of publicly traded companies for reporting unlawful activity. For other private sector employees, there are limited protections or incentives for whistleblowing, except for scattered state laws or practices covered by federal law such as OSHA violations.
Our attorneys can determine whether you are covered by federal or state whistleblower laws, and if so, what your rights and remedies may be. You may have legal recourse for retaliation stemming from:
You may be entitled to back pay, front pay, damages for emotional duress and other compensation if you suffered any reprisal for whistleblowing: termination or constructive discharge; transfer or job reassignment; demotion or pay cut; harassment or hostile work environment.
If you have knowledge that an employer is defrauding the federal government, you may be entitled to receive a share of any monies obtained by the government for taking the risk as a whistleblower. Under a Qui Tam lawsuit, you could receive a percentage of any money that the government recovers through civil fraud litigation.
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Please contact our firm to speak with an experienced employment lawyer. We offer strategic and results-driven legal services to clients in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. We also represent federal workers throughout the United States.