Know Your Rights & Protect Them
A whistleblower is an employee who reports fraudulent activity regarding
his / her employer to the government. Whistleblowers are afforded special
protection against retaliation from their employers, such as wrongful
termination. If you suffered undue treatment or duress for reporting an
employer violation, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
This might include missed wages, court costs, attorney fees, and more.
Qui Tam Actions
A qui tam action allows you to file a lawsuit against your employer for
defrauding the government. As a whistleblower, you are entitled to a percentage
of the funds recovered for the government.
Learn more about qui tam actions here.
How an Attorney Can Help You
Coming forward with information against an entity or individual is a big
decision. It is important to have an experienced lawyer by your side who
understands whistleblower claims, the False Claims Act, and your rights.
These cases can be convoluted. You may feel overwhelmed and confused by
the legal process, but an attorney can help you protect your rights. At
Stern Law Group, we have an in-depth understanding of these cases and
are prepared to help you negotiate the legal procedures ahead.
If you believe that your employer or another party treated you unfairly
for revealing fraud against the government, you have the right to seek
compensation for your damages. The Texas Whistleblower Act enables whistleblowers
to file suit for the following damages: injunctive relief, actual damages,
court costs, and attorney fees. The employee can also seek reinstatement
to his / her old position, benefits, and seniority rights. In addition
to these damages, the employer may have to pay a civil fine. This penalty
cannot exceed $15,000.
Whistleblower Lawsuits in the News
In June 2014, a story broke national headlines: VA medical facilities have
been neglecting patients for years. According to CNN, one veteran suffered
from a psychiatric condition related to his military service for eight
years before receiving an evaluation. Another story reported that a man
was an inpatient at a facility for seven years, but his medical chart
only had one psychiatric note on it during this time.
How did these stories reach the government's attention after so many
years? Whistleblowers. In fact, the VA facilities are connected to more
than 50 counts of whistleblowers connected to the facilities. These whistleblowers
were employees who noticed a troubling pattern of alleged disregard and
neglect, a pattern that eventually led them to file reports and complaints
against the VA medical facilities (their employers).
Do you need a lawyer? We can help.
If you believe that you suffered unfair treatment because of a whistleblower
claim, contact Stern Law Group today. Our legal team has more than 150
years of combined legal experience. During this time, we have served more
than 40,000 clients. To see what our team can do for you, contact our
office today and schedule your initial consultation.
If you believe that your employer treated you unfairly as a whistleblower,
contact our law firm today. We can help you seek the compensation that you deserve.