“Is my life going to be ruined if I’m a whistleblower?”
One of the biggest concerns that steer potential whistleblowers away from filing a claim is their own personal protection. It is completely normal to have these concerns, and is one of the core reasons Whistleblower Advocates was formed. We are here to protect you when decide that stopping fraud is the right thing to do. It may be a daunting road ahead, but we’re here to help you never regret the decision of becoming a whistleblower.
Your Identity Will Be Kept Secret (Under Law)
If you’re still an employee of the company you wish to file a claim against, your identity will be kept secret for the entire duration the case is under seal with the United States Justice Department.
However, through some unethical tactics or detective-type work, employers may still be able to find out who the whistleblower is and retaliate. This is often done through threatening of employees, guesswork, email/browser history investigations, and “through the grapevine.” Once the employer finds out (or think they have found out) the whistleblower, they often harass, fire, demote, or suspend the employee in question.
If this happens, you are protected by the law. Whistleblower Advocates ensures you are protected by the law and will make sure any repercussions of blowing the whistle are turned around to penalize the employer. The False Claims Act makes sure that any employee who is discharged, demoted, suspended, “or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment by his or her employer” is protected under the law.
Requirements of Protection
To be protected, the employee must meet three basic requirements, and demonstrate they were:
- engaged in an activity protected by the statute in furtherance of a qui tam suit;
- that the employer knew of the employee’s qui tam actions, and;
- that the employer retaliated against the employee because of those actions.
If the court recognized that a whistleblower was retaliated against in any way for filing a qui tam lawsuit, the employee is entitled to be reinstated in the company with the same seniority level, double the amount of back pay owed (including interest), and be compensated for any “special damages” that may have occurred due to the retaliation, including attorney’s fees.