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Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblower Retaliation
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Alan Lescht and Associates represents state and local government employees in whistleblower retaliation and False Claims Act cases in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.

What is whistleblower retaliation?

A whistleblower is someone who publicly discloses his or her employer’s criminal activity or other misconduct.  Employees are often afraid they will be retaliated against for reporting their employers.  However, federal and state laws protect employees who seek to hold their employers accountable. You may have a claim for whistleblower retaliation if your employer took an adverse action against you because you reported your employer’s unlawful conduct to the government.

What are my rights?

Your rights depend on whom you work for, where you work, and what you reported.  The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law that protects workers who report fraud against the government.  The FCA provides an incentive for private citizens who report fraud to the government.  An individual can bring a special type of lawsuit, called a qui tam action, to sue a federal employer or contractor for filing a false claim for payment from the federal government.  However, there are strict requirements for qui tam lawsuits.  For example, you must be the first person to report the wrongdoing.  You must also file the lawsuit under seal so that the employer or contractor who engaged in fraud will not immediately learn about the charges.  This gives the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) time to investigate your claims.  If DOJ finds evidence of fraud, it may join in the lawsuit.  If your case is successful, you are entitled to a percentage of the money recovered.

 

There are other state and federal laws that protect employees from whistleblower retaliation.  For example, States and localities, including Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, have their own false claims acts.

Why should I hire Alan Lescht and Associates?

If you complained about waste, fraud, or abuse by the government, we can help.  Our attorneys will work with you to evaluate your case, discuss your options, and develop a strategy to assert your rights.  Alan Lescht and Associates represents clients in connection with whistleblower retaliation and False Claims Act matters:

  • Investigation by the Department of Justice
  • False Claims Act required disclosure to the Attorney General
  • Qui tam actions
  • Retaliation lawsuits
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Settlement negotiations

Send us an email or call us at (202) 463-6036 to speak with an experienced employment attorney.  Alan Lescht and Associates offers strategic and results-driven legal services to clients in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia, and to federal government employees around the world.

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