Qui tam attorney Renée Brooker explains common types of whistleblower retaliation and how the False Claims Act protects qui tam relators from retaliation. If you are a whistleblower and you have been unlawfully demoted, fired, or similarly retaliated against, you may be able to recover compensation for your financial and reputational losses.
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Speaker: Tycko & Zavareei LLP Partner Renée Brooker
We are often asked if False Claims Act or qui tam whistleblowers are protected from retaliation. You may have already experienced retaliation for raising concerns with your employer, and maybe that’s why you called us. Or you may be concerned that your employer will retaliate if you file a whistleblower lawsuit.
What is the False Claims Act?
The False Claims Act makes it unlawful for an employer to retaliate against you for raising concern about conduct that violates the False Claims Act.
What are the Common Forms of Employer Retaliation?
Retaliation can take many forms. You may have been or fear being demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, ignored, marginalized, belittled or fired. Or you may have quit or resigned because you felt forced out. If your employer retaliates in violation of the False Claims Act, you may be able to recover money for lost salary or wages, reputational harm, emotional distress, humiliation, and other financial harms.
Do You Have Information About Fraud? Contact a Whistleblower Lawyer
When we represent a whistleblower, we not only make sure to pursue your qui tam claims, we also stand by your side in fighting against any unlawful retaliation for speaking up, past or future. Contact us at Tycko and Zavareei LLP. You can visit us at fraudfighters.net.