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The Employment Law Group®: We Protect Whistleblowers and Their Careers
- Have you uncovered illegal activity that you wish to report?
- Has your employer retaliated against you because you reported wrongdoing or fraud?
- Have you reported or do you wish to report the bribery of foreign government officials by US companies or individuals?
- Is your employer engaging any fraudulent practices undermining the U.S. government such as double-billing, over-charging, or improper billing or coding?
- Do you need to protect your career because you reported your employer’s illegal or unethical conduct?
- Are your reputation and financial stability on the line because you did the right thing and spoke out?
The Employment Law Group® law firm recently reached a $400,000 settlement agreement and obtained a $282,000 jury verdict on behalf of whistleblowers. In addition, our attorneys have represented a client whose allegations of corporate fraud resulted in a $57.75 million False Claims Act settlement. The Employment Law Group® was named the Labor & Employment Law Firm of the Year by Lawyer Monthly.
No one should be punished for doing the right thing, especially those with the courage and integrity to blow the whistle on corporate fraud or other illegal activities. Congress has enacted several laws that provide whistleblowers with both protection from retaliation and monetary rewards. The Employment Law Group® law firm is experienced in protecting whistleblowers.
There’s a wide range of whistleblower laws designed to protect employees like you. Whether you have suffered retaliation because you did the right thing and spoke out when your employer violated the law or acted improperly, or whether you have information but are afraid to speak out, The Employment Law Group® is here to help.
Sarbanes-Oxley? Dodd-Frank? Qui Tam? False Claims Act?
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The attorneys at The Employment Law Group® law firm are experienced in representing employees who have blown the whistle and reported fraudulent or improper practices.
Our attorneys have represented a wide range of individuals in whistleblower claims, including:
- In-house counsel, portfolio managers, chief financial officers and other executives,
- Doctors, nurses, Medicare billing specialists, accountants, and other employees of healthcare providers,
- Employees of government contractors who blow the whistle on employers who defraud the government,
- Federal employees opposing fraud, waste, and abuse
In addition, our attorneys have:
- Represented a client whose allegations that corporations defrauded the federal government resulted in a $57.75 Million False Claims Act settlement agreement.
- Reached a settlement in excess of $400,000 in a whistleblower retaliation case on behalf of an airline employee who suffered retaliation after disclosing information about internal control deficiencies to senior management.
- Obtained a $282,000 jury verdict for a client under the D.C. Whistleblower Protection Act. The suit was brought on behalf of a former program director who blew the whistle on supervisors that were falsifying the results of a federally-funded education program. This was one of the largest ever awards under the D.C. law.
- Achieved a favorable decision in Glynn v. EDO Corp. for an employee who suffered retaliation because he opposed the fraud his employer committed against the government that he believed would endanger the lives of U.S. troops in Iraq
- Succeeded in protecting the job of a worker who experienced retaliation because he investigated and raised concerns about his employer’s potentially fraudulent bid to sell weapons to the U.S. Secret Service.
The Employment Law Group® law firm attorneys are recognized leaders in the field of whistleblower law and protection. Our attorneys are frequently published and routinely invited to participate as presenters and panelists on whistleblower law topics
- “The SEC’s New Rules for the Dodd-Frank Whistle-blower Program,” Westlaw Journal on Employment (September 2011)
- “Qui Tam Cases – How Do You Handle Them,“ The American Association for Justice, National Webinar, New York, NY (July 13, 2011)
- “Representing Whistleblowers Under The False Claim Act,” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA (July 2, 2011)
- “Whistleblowers: What Protections And Forms of Relief Are Available For Foreign-Based Employees,” ABA Section Of International Law – Spring 2011 Meeting (March 2011)
- “Whistleblower Provisions Of The Dodd-Frank Act,” Law360 (July 20, 2010)
- “Whistleblower Protections in the Finance Reform Bill,” Law360 (May 27, 2010)
- “Win for Whistleblowers,” National Law Journal (September 8, 2008)
- “Sarbanes-Oxley Act Whistleblower Retaliation Provision,” Avvo (September 2008)
- “The Umpires Strike Back“, Legal Times (June 2008)
Whistleblower Practice Areas
The attorneys at The Employment Law Group® law firm have substantial experience litigating whistleblower and retaliation claims on behalf of employees, including in the following areas:
- ATF Whistleblower Representation
- California Whistleblower Retaliation Representation
- Commercial Motor Carrier
- Commodity Futures, Options and Derivatives
- Consumer Product Safety (CPSC) Whistleblower Protection
- District of Columbia Whistleblower Representation
- Environmental Whistleblower Representation
- False Claims Act
- Financial Services Whistleblower Protection
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Medicare Fraud
- Public Transportation
- Qui Tam Protection
- Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- Tax Fraud
Keep in mind that some claims that may be available to you have a very short statute of limitations and by waiting too long you may lose the opportunity to assert your rights. Call The Employment Law Group® law firm to schedule a consultation with us and, together, we’ll decide what your next move should be.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Qui Tam action?
Any action brought by a person against a government contractor that the individual suspects, or knows, is committing an act of fraud against the U.S. government. The qui tam provision of the Federal False Claims Act(FCA), allows individual citizens to file fraud charges, and bring suit, in the name of the U.S. government, against government contractors and others who receive government funds.
How are whistleblowers protected and rewarded?
The qui tam provision of the FCA allows the person pursuing the action to share in any money recovered. Such recovery can range from 15 to 30% of the government’s total recovery. The FCA also prohibits an employer from retaliating against employees who report what they reasonably believe to constitute fraud.
What is the Anti-Kickback Statute?
- The Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Law, otherwise known as the Anti-Kickback Statute, makes it unlawful for healthcare providers and doctors to offer and receive kickbacks for referring patients to receive treatment reimbursable by Medicare or Medicaid.
- According to the law, it is illegal to offer, pay, solicit, or receive remuneration (whether directly or indirectly) in exchange for referring an individual or furnishing or arranging a good or service for which payment may be made under Medicare or Medicaid.
What is The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”)?
Under SOX, employers are strictly prohibited from retaliating against employees who report illegal or unethical conduct. Employees are also protected when making disclosures about shareholder fraud or violations of SEC rules and regulations.
What is protected?
Examples of whistleblower activities protected under SOX include:
- Reporting an employer’s failure to disclose accurate financial statements to potential investors
- Reporting an employer’s improper entries on financial statements
- Exposing senior management’s alteration of delinquency reports
- Reporting an employer’s use of an unregistered broker to solicit investors in exchange for a commission
- Raising concerns about a supervisor’s practice of backdating letters of credit
- Committing other violations of the law and betraying the public trust
Who does SOX protect?
Sarbanes-Oxley provides protection to any whistleblower who is an officer, employee, contractor, subcontractor, or agent of:
- Publicly traded companies
- Subsidiaries of publicly traded companies
- Nationally recognized statistical ratings organizations (NRSROs)
What sort of retaliation is prohibited?
Sarbanes-Oxley prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions against SOX whistleblowers including:
- Back pay for lost wages
- Front pay for future lost wages
- Compensatory damages
- Litigation costs and attorney fees
How has Dodd-Frank changed the landscape for whistleblowers?
- The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to pay a reward to whistleblowers who voluntarily disclose original information regarding securities law violations – including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Sarbanes-Oxley - that lead to a sanction exceeding $1 million.
- Awards for whistleblowers range from 10% to 30% of the total amount recovered by the SEC as a result of the information provided by the whistleblower.
- Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation and rewards provisions now cover any additional industries that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) decides to regulate including certain debt collectors, payday lenders, private educations lenders, debt collection companies, and consumer reporting agencies.
If your employer retaliates against you because you know about or have reported fraudulent practices or if you have uncovered illegal activity that you wish to report, contact The Employment Law Group® law firm to schedule a consultation with us and, together, we’ll decide how to protect your career.