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What are my rights as a whistleblower?

According to the United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), whistleblowers are protected from any form of discrimination. The term "discrimination" might refer to the following actions: demotion, blacklisting, harassment, suspension, failure to rehire, disciplinary action, or termination.

What to Do if You Suffer Discrimination

If you suffered discrimination in the workplace after filing a qui tam lawsuit, speak to an attorney now. A lawyer can stand up for your rights and help you file a claim against your employer. Unfair treatment is a serious offense, and you deserve justice for your financial losses. For legal assistance in the Houston area, contact Stern Law Group. We offer aggressive representation backed by 150 years' experience in the legal field. To learn more, call our office now and schedule your initial consultation with one of our attorneys in Houston.

The False Claims Act & Your Case

The False Claims Act allows individuals to recover some of the defrauded funds. According to the act, any entity that defrauds the U.S. government, Medicare, Medicaid is subject to a qui tam lawsuit. Defense contracting and other forms of federal contracting are included as well. Most whistleblowers are former or current employees of the entity, but any person who is the original source of information regarding the fraud can file a qui tam action. Qui tam lawsuits are filed "under seal," which means that information disclosed during the case is not available to the public.

Qui Tam Lawsuits and Rewards

The False Claims Act authorizes whistleblowers to a specified percentage of the money recovered for the government by the qui tam lawsuit. Thus, the amount of money depends on the monetary value of the government's recovery. Qui tam rewards are designed to motivate employees to provide information regarding fraud against the government.

In addition to a percentage of the recover, you can obtain compensation for your attorney fees for the qui tam lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options and rights, contact our office today and schedule your initial case consultation.