Rewarding Whistleblowers for Exposing Misconduct
Whistleblowers and Qui Tam Lawsuits
There are many laws that exist to ensure that business owners operate their enterprises legally and transparently. Unfortunately, not all business owners choose to follow the laws put in place to protect the public, and some knowingly involve their employees in their own misconduct. When an employee chooses to expose the dishonest or illegal activities of their employer, they become known as a “whistleblower.”
There are many occupations in which a whistleblower might witness misconduct and consider filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are also several different ways in which misconduct can occur.
Consumer Product Violations
Consumer products that are sold to the public are regulated through the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Sometimes manufacturers attempt to avoid government regulations and distribute a substandard product that is dangerous to consumers.
Fraud against the Government
Financial fraud is one of the most prominent forms of employer misconduct in America, today. For centuries, businesses have cheated the government by such means as asset misappropriation, financial statement manipulation, and more.
There are numerous rules and regulations for business owners to follow in regard to the impact their company has on the environment. Violations can include toxic waste dumping, water contamination, clean air violations, and more.
Legal Help for Whistleblowers
While it can seem like a daunting task to call out a large corporation or business on their wrong-doing, legal help is available for individuals who choose to do so. A whistleblower is protected from retaliation from their employer by certain U.S. qui tam laws, and the rewards for exposing fraud and violations can be great.
If you have witnessed illegal or immoral activity at your place of work, do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys to see what kind of case you have as a whistleblower.
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