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U.S. Court Rules Whistleblower’s Investigation is Protected Conduct under the False Claims Act
In Williams v. Basic Contracting Servs., Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia affirmed the broad scope of protected conduct under False Claims Act (FCA) by holding that a whistleblower who investigates alleged fraud committed by her employer is protected from retaliation under the FCA even if the whistleblower does not pursue a qui tam action against her employer. The Plaintiff, Williams, alleges that her employer suspended her because she investigated her employer’s alleged practice of overbilling the government for its cleaning services.
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